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Blantyre City Council Rangers found with case to answer

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The Blantyre First Grade Magistrate’s Court has found two Blantyre City Council Rangers, Innocent Maluwa and Macford Majonga, with a case to answer for allegedly wounding Robert Moyo, a newspaper vendor in the city.

The two allegedly assaulted Moyo because he was washing a vehicle in the city which they argued is contrary to the city’s by-laws.

At the court, Moyo, who was wearing a T-shirt with the message “Poverty is not a crime,” was accompanied by his relatives and Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) officers who are assisting him in the case.

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Delivering his ruling, First Grade Magistrate, Ibrahim Hussein, said Maluwa and Majonga have been charged for unlawfully wounding Moyo.

After the ruling, a visibly happy Moyo said he had hope that justice would prevail.

“I am very happy with the ruling. It shows that maybe I will receive justice. I have been wondering whether I was just assaulted in vain. I want the case to proceed as quickly as possible,” he said.

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The accused will take plea on November 28.

Moyo was allegedly assaulted by the rangers on July19 2016 and lost three teeth.

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