Judgement By Candlelight

An apparently annoyed Karwi, who was about to deliver judgement in a murder case in which Admore Dambanevana of Zaka was convicted of murder with actual intent after killling a fellow villager in a love triangle, had to temporarily adjourn the court to enable court official to run into the city to buy candles after a power outage.
 
Karwi, who was being assitsted by assessors Joseph Mushuku and Thomas Dauramanzi, only proceeded to deliver judgment and thereafter jailed Dambanevana for 20 years.
 
Sources at the court said senior officials had to run around to raise the money for candles after Karwi had reportedly attacked them over why there was no generator. ”There was no money to buy candles and senior officials had to run around to raise the money to buy the candles after Karwi had expressed outrage. The generator which was handed over to the court two years ago by the government developed a fault and has not been repaired due to lack of money,”said the source.
 
Masvingo area prosecutor John Shumba said: ” Why don’t you ask the judge himself, why me. …is it a crime, how many generators have broken down elsewhere, what’s is so special about the generator here.”
 
Masvingo has been one of the hardest hit cities with loadshedding in Zimbabwe. The city can go for more than 12 hours per day without power.