Kunaka summoned over 2017 assault

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FORMER youth leader Jim Kunaka was yesterday summoned to court to answer to charges of assaulting and robbing a soldier while welcoming former president Mugabe at the airport two years ago.

The State alleges that Kunaka assaulted Dennis Mupfungidza, a soldier a member of thw presidential guard, at Robert Mugabe International Airport as they welcomed the former president who was returning from New York.

After the assault, he allegedly went on to search and steal goods worth US$835 from his victim.

Prosecuting Idah Maromo told the court that on September 25 2017, Kunaka who was in the company of other youths approached Mupfungidza claiming he was on national duty.

The former youth leader, who believed Mupfungidza was a civilian allegedly refused to reveal his identity, claiming he can only reveal it to police officers.

It is alleged that he started assaulting the soldier all over the body while the other youths whom he was leading joined in the assault.

It is further alleged that Mupfungidza fell down and Kunaka assaulted him with a concrete block on the head and started bleeding.

Another military intelligence detail, Innocent Makumbe, witnessed the assault and rushed to the scene with a police officer who was in uniform.

Kunaka allegedly searched his victim and took his wallet that contained US$407, car keys, pair of shoes and a G-Tel Afro 726.

The State alleges that when Kunaka passed the stolen property to other Zanu PF youths when he saw the police officer approaching.

Kunaka was taken to the police station where a report was filed while Mupfungidza was rushed to Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment and a medical affidavit can be produced in court as evidence.

The matter was deferred to September 25 for trial commencement.

Hmetro: Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter

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