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A GWERU Gweru councillor appeared in court Monday charged with assaulting a council employee following a dispute over the late payment of salaries by the local authority.

The court heard that Ward 4 councillor Kenneth Sithole assaulted Simbarashe Lebo, a driver at Gweru City Council.

Lebo had asked the councillor why the local authority was failing to pay workers on time but this did not go down well with Sithole who allegedly jumped at the driver and grabbed him by the neck.

Sithole however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Gweru magistrate, Judith Taruvinga remanded him on free bail to the 30th March for trial.

A visibly angry Sithole had initially admitted the charge but later on changed his mind claiming Lebo uttered unprintable words at him.

The councillor said Lebo, who was a close family associate, knew about his family’s private life.

“He knew very well that I had no children with my wife and that we were adopting kids,” Sithole said.

“But he shouted in public saying in Shona, ‘Ko ngomwa inodei pano iyi?’ before uttering vulgar words to me.”

The state allegations are that on the 20th of March this year, Sithole and Lebo were at Gweru City Council attending the disciplinary hearing of an employee, Kudzai Ziurawa.

Lebo is said to have asked Sithole why council disbursed salaries late, resulting in the latter allegedly jumping and grabbing him (Lebo) by the neck.

Lebo allegedly suffered a swollen neck and bruises as a result of the assault.

Source : New Zimbabwe