A Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Councillor in Chipinge has been arrested for allegedly fondling a ZANU PF female member’s breast at a polling station.
Chrispen Rambu, who was elected councillor for Chipinge Town Council’s Ward Eight in the 26 March by-elections, is accused of fondling Jenipher Mpofu’s breast. Mpofu is a member of ZANU PF in Chipinge District.
Rambu (40) is facing indecent assault charges as defined in Section 67(1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Chipinge magistrate, Alfred Chinembiri early last week.
He was remanded out of custody to 5 April on $10 000 bail.
Prosecutor Isaac Tangwena told the court that the incident took place on 26 March at around 8 PM.
It is alleged that Mpofu was walking along the road which leads to Makocheredze Polling Station where she wanted to cast her vote when she met Rimbu. Said Tangwena:
The complainant met Rambu who was coming from the opposite direction. Rambu blocked her way and accused the complainant of disturbing some of his party members from voting. The complainant denied the allegations.
Ms Mpofu placed the book she was holding in her jacket and Rambu grabbed her by the collar. Rambu tried to get the book from Ms Mpofu, but she resisted.
Rambu fondled the complainant’s breasts during the scuffle. He later grabbed the book and shoved Ms Mpofu to the ground.
Mpofu allegedly reported the matter to a police officer who was manning the polling station and was referred to the charge office for assistance.