Mavhaire, who has a plot in Johanna Estates, a few kilometers out of town, was picked up for questioning on Tuesday and is yet to appear in court after two mine owners, Haile Mzila and Kennias Lovemore Mugadza, of King Alfa Mine, accused him of beating their employees in an effort to chase them away from their gold claim.

The complainants had reported the severe assault of two of their workers, Nkosana Muzire (21), and Stanley Magaisa, 25, (Crime Registration number 103/4/09) which happened last Friday at around 5 pm. The police confirmed the incident, but refused to divulge more details, saying investigations were still underway.

“Yes, we have received such a report and arrested five suspects in connection with the assault. We have picked up Mr Mavhaire for questioning but we have released him pending investigations,” Acting police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Tinaye Matake said. But Mugadza and Muzire said Mavhaire, who has been trying to dislodge them for sometime, came in the company of six bouncers and asked the workers why they continued mining when he had told them to leave his farm.

The former Senator, of the ‘Mugabe must-go-fame’, is said to have ordered the bouncers to beat Muzire and Magaisa and proceeded to pay them in view of the workers.

A few years ago Mavhaire’s membership in Zanu PF was at risk when he said Mugabe must go during the time he was member of parliament. “He has for long tried to disrupt our mining activities as he once asked why our mine is located in his farm. Then he once accused our workers of stealing his crop, something which turned out to be false as he latter discovered that it was his underpaid farm worker who stole from him,” Mzila said.

Mavahire refused to comment on the matter.