MWENEZI - A 32-year old Beitbridge-based tout who in December last year caused a scene at the Mwenezi Magistrate Court by masquerading as a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and threatening to abduct prison officers, was last week arrested for threatening - through a telephone call - to kidnap an employee at a law firm.
After being convicted of making threats of violence against Mwenezi prison officers and impersonating a CIO, Rhodes Nyoni went on to threaten Tapiwa Simukai, a secretary with Mutendi, Mudisi and Shumba Legal Practitioners’ Mwenezi office.
Since then, Nyoni had been on the run, only to be rearrested by the police last week after he was spotted at Rutenga growth point.
Appearing before magistrate Honest Musiiwa for the offence of violating section 88 (2) of the Postal and Telecommunication Act Chapter 12:05, Nyoni pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 30 days behind bars or alternatively pays a fine of $80.
Argued by prosecutor Caroline Pasipanodya, the State case was that on December 06 last year, Nyoni sent an audio message to Simukai vowing to kidnap and severely assault him after accusing the law firm of mishandling a case involving his in-law.
Last year, Nyoni got into trouble with the law after he approached prison officers who were taking the in-law to jail and tried to negotiate favourable treatment on the prisoner’s behalf.
When his request was turned down, Nyoni who then claimed to be a CIO agent threatened prison guards with abduction.