Mangoma’s “Adultery” Case Collapses

Harare, June 17, 2015 – A Zimbabwean court has dismissed an
application filed by an opposition party youth leader seeking a peace
order against Renewal Democrats Zimbabwe leader Elton Mangoma who
allegedly snatched his wife.
Believe Tevera, an MDC Renewal Team provincial youth leader recently
petitioned the Harare Civil Court seeking a peace order against
Mangoma seeking an order compelling the former Energy and Power
Development Minister to keep peace, and not to verbally, emotionally
or physically attack the youth leader.
Tevera charged that Mangoma instructed his loyalists to assault him
when he visited the MDC Renewal Team offices in Harare’s Eastlea
suburb in a bid to petition the opposition party to launch an inquiry
into the conduct of one of the opposition party leaders following
allegations that he had snatched his wife Yemurai Maravanyika and was
having an extra-marital affair with her.
In his application filed through his lawyer, Tawanda Takaindisa of O
Machuwaire Attorneys Legal Practitioners, Tevera claimed that
Mangoma’s loyalists “thoroughly bashed” him at the MDC Renewal Team’s
party offices and he sustained injuries from the unprovoked assault.
But in his defence, Mangoma denied having an extra-marital affair with
Tevera’s wife and denied authoring his marital woes.
Mangoma, through a notice of opposition filed by his lawyer Trust
Maanda of Maunga Maanda and Associates Legal Practitioners charged
that the allegations of him having extra-marital affair with Tevera’s
wife were meant to achieve cheap political capital.
The former Energy and Power Development Minister claimed that by
filing an application seeking a peace order against Mangoma, Tevera
had sought a political solution to his private affairs by petitioning
the leadership of the MDC Renewal Team which he once belonged to
before quitting the party last month to form a new political party
outfit, the Renewal Democrats Zimbabwe.
Instead, Mangoma claims, he sustained injuries on his head and had his
wounds dressed and bandaged at a private medical centre in Harare.
“I am the injured party,” reads party of Mangoma’s response to
Tevera’s application.
The former MDC-T deputy treasurer-general charged that the allegations
leveled against him by Tevera were “a smokescreen for a sinister
On Tuesday, Magistrate Audrey Tarugarira, who heard the matter
dismissed Tevera’s application after ruling that Mangoma is the one
who actually sustained injuries from the assault by Tevera after he
attacked him when he found his way into a meeting in which the
opposition party was addressing.
Mangoma torched a storm last year when he led a revolt against MDC-T
party leader Morgan Tsvangirai whom he accused of committing several
misdemeanors unfit of a political party leader. After Mangoma’s
departure from the MDC-T, he was later followed by the party’s
secretary-general Tendai Biti, a long time lieutenant of Tsvangirai
and other party leaders who formed a breakaway party, the MDC Renewal
Team. However, the MDC Renewal Team party recently split with Mangoma
accusing Biti and his backers of soiling his name to block his bid for
the leadership of the party.