An inspection in loco has been held at former Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere’s house as he was explaining how he was attacked on November 15 last year.
This followed the dismissal of an application made by his lawyer Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners for a discharge at the end of the State’s case.
In his bid to prove that he qualifies to be exempted from the matter since he claims he exited the country as a refugee, Kasukuwere explained that he was attacked by unknown people who had guns.
He said that he was convinced that these people were not armed robbers but were specifically targeting him.
The presiding magistrate then ordered for an inspection in loco to be held at Kasukuwere’s house so that he could explain how he was attacked.
As the court was in session at Kasukuwere’s house 113 shells of spent cartridges were seen.
Several bullet holes were visible which Kasukuwere claims were from rounds fired at his home.
Kasukuwere pleaded not guilty when he initially appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande charged with contravening the Immigration Act.
Magistrate Sande remanded the matter to tomorrow for ruling.
According to State papers, circumstances are that during the period extending from 3 November last year to May 22 this year, Kasukuwere unlawfully exited the country via an unknown point or place which is not an official port of exit.
An analysis on his travelling documents shows that he entered Zimbabwe on November 3 last year.
Further record of travelling shows that he entered Zimbabwe on May 22 this year via Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
The court heard that there is no corresponding exit endorsement between 3 November last year and 22 May this year.
The State alleges that this shows that Kasukuwere exited the country via any other place other than a port of exit.