Police summon Mangoma, ‘love rival’

Crime Reporter
MDC Renewal Team treasurer-general Elton Mangoma and the party’s provincial youth leader Believe Tevera, who recently clashed in Harare over a woman, were yesterday questioned by the police over the case.

Mangoma, reported an assault case at Rhodesville Police Station in Harare following the clashes with Tevera whose wife, Yemurai Maravanyika, he allegedly snatched.

The docket was referred to Highlands since the incident occurred in Eastlea, which is under the jurisdiction of Highlands Police Station.

Sources yesterday said police first questioned Tevera and later released him.

Mangoma was later called in the afternoon to assist with the investigations.

The two are likely to appear in court on Monday.

Tevera yesterday confirmed that police had recorded statements from him.

“I went to Highlands Police Station where I was questioned over the issue. He (Mangoma) is pressing assault charges against me,” he said.

Efforts to get a comment from Mr Mangoma were fruitless yesterday as his mobile phone went unanswered.

MDC Renewal Team has since set up a committee to investigate reports that Mangoma snatched Tevera’s wife.

Mangoma on Wednesday confirmed meeting Tevera’s wife on three occasions.

He, however, declined to disclose the purpose of the meetings, two of which took place at his Milton Park offices.

On Tuesday, thugs aligned to Mangoma brutally attacked Tevera and his two colleagues in Eastlea, Harare.

Tevera and his colleagues — Pride Mukono and Makomborero Haruzivishe — had visited the MDC Renewal Team offices to petition the party leadership to investigate the matter.

The MDC Renewal Team was having a meeting at the party headquarters.

Sources said Tevera entered the offices where he intended to hand over his letter of complaint to the party’s national chairman Mr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo.

Mr Nkomo had not yet arrived for the meeting and Tevera handed over the letter to the party’s national organising secretary Mr Last Maengahama in Mangoma’s presence.

It is reported that Tevera asked Mangoma why he had destroyed his marriage by taking away his wife, Maravanyika, leaving his son without a mother to care for him.