Prominent Gweru music promoter, Esau Hondora, who was last week convicted of robbery, has been sentenced to a year in prison.
Hondora and his accomplice, Proud Mhaka, on Monday appeared before Gweru Magistrate Judith Taruvinga facing one count of robbery.
They were each sentenced to a year in jail.
Taruvinga suspended three months of their sentence on condition of good behaviour while a further three months were suspended on condition that the duo pays Robson Vungani, the complainant, $950 before June 30.
Prosecutor Edward Gwainda said on March 9 at around 1PM, Vungani parked his car near Pick and Pay supermarket as he wanted to buy groceries from the shop.
After a few minutes, Hondora and Mhaka came driving a green Mercedes Benz C200 and blocked Vungani’s way.
“Hondora and Mhaka came out of their car and pounced on Vungani. Mhaka opened Vungani’s car door and grabbed him by the collar. Hondora then joined him and demanded money which Vungani owed him,” said Gwainda.
“Vungani indicated to the two that he did not have money but assured them he would pay up since his friend had promised to send him some money.
“The two did not listen and Hondora started searching Vungani. He found $1,300 and a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge cellphone which he took from Vungani and drove away.”
In passing sentence, Magistrate Taruvinga said the public needed to be protected from daylight robbers like the two.
“You can’t just be robbing people of their valuables. This isn’t the jungle where survival of the fittest is the order of the day. However, this court considers that you’re first offenders,” she said.
Clad in khaki prison garb, Hondora, who recently assisted with the organisation of the inaugural Gweru Carnival as well as promoting most of Alick Macheso’s shows in the Midlands and Bulawayo provinces, looked dejected as he stood in the dock while Taruvinga read the sentence.