Alliance’s losing council candidate for Ward 7 in the July 30 elections, Felix
Mashavele has been convicted of malicious damage to property and jailed for
Honest Musiiwa convicted Mashavele (34) of burning down the houses of his in-laws
following a misunderstanding.
who resides in Ranganai village under Chief Neshuro, pleaded guilty to all the
three counts but three months of his sentence were conditionally suspended, leaving
him to serve an effective six months behind bars.
State’s case as presented by prosecutor Caroline Pasipanodya, was that on
November 26 this year at around 18:00hrs, Mashavele went to Tivahlire village
where his father in-law, Isaac Tivahlire resides.
told Tivahlire that he had come to collect his wife but a disagreement arose
and an angry Mashavele used a match stack to start a fire on a kitchen hut
fire destroyed 5x50kg of sorghum worth $300.
that same day, Mashavele proceeded to Ranganai village where he torched two
houses belonging to two of his brothers-in-law, destroying property as well as some
bags of maize and sorghum that were inside the huts.
value of the property that was destroyed at the two houses amounted to $855. A
police report was made at Sarahuru Police Base leading to Mashavele’s arrest.
the July harmonised elections, Mashavele contested for Ward 7 and lost to Zanu
PF’s Killion Murabharari.