News:Zvorwadza Denies He Threatened To Burn Rainbow Towers During Mphoko Must Go Protest
<vote /> National Vendors Vendors’ Union of Zimbabwe leader Standrick Zvorwadza yesterday denied ever threatening to burn Rainbow Towers Hotel when he allegedly staged a demonstration against Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at the hotel.
The activist said he had gone to the hotel for breakfast when police officers pounced on him. He appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Rusinahama and is being represented by his lawyer Marufu Mandevere.
The State, led by Venecia Mutake, opened the vendors’ leader trial by calling two hotel officials who alleged Zvorwadza indeed made the threats.
The hotel’s concierge, Douglas Dembetembe, said,
He conducted himself in a violent manner prompting us to call the police. He resisted and was shouting at the top of his voice calling for the Vice-President’s evacuation. Sometime later members of the anti-riot police had to intervene and that was when he shouted that he would mobilise his members and have the hotel shut down or burn it.
Hotel general manager, Trythings Mutyandasvika said,
“I called the police when I saw him on that particular day because he had visited us days before. He shouted at the top of his voice distracting people who were present and also my guests. He said if the hotel management failed to evict the Vice-President he was going to mobilise his people and burn down the hotel. He went on to give us an ultimatum.
Under cross-examination, the two hotel staffers said they could not confirm if he really meant his words as they were not the magistrates.
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