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HERBERT Fidze, the mayor in Zimbabwe’s southern city of Masvingo, has taken to the witness stand to testify in the assault case he has filed against two members of the Masvingo Residents Trust (MRT).

The mayor told Masvingo Magistrate, Langton Ndokera, Prosper Tiringindi, MRT Coordinator and Tamutswa Chikonyora, MRT Chairman, manhandled and assaulted him as citizens angered by alleged poor service delivery held him hostage.

“This all happened within a short period of time it was just like lightning your worship,” he said.

Town clerk Adolf Gusha also testified in the case.

Gusha told the court he witnessed the assault.

The two MRT members are however denying the charges arguing that they only organized residents to raise their concern over poor service delivery.

Fidze claims he was assaulted in April when the residents board briefly took him hostage for almost an hour over deteriorating services and failure by council to resolve a labour dispute with its entire workforce.

In April this year, the meeting to discuss the problems ended prematurely as angry residents MRT mobilized allegedly held the mayor hostage.

Tempers flared at the meeting after Fidze, flanked by Gusha tried to explain to the residents he needed time to respond to some of the questions and that they should book him always when they want a meeting with him.

Angered by his remarks some residents dismissed his explanation and started shouting at him while others threatened to mete instant justice.

Alert municipal police at the civic center had to come to the mayor’s rescue.

Source : CAJ News Agency