Poet Abel Mauchi was thumped by a Zanu PF thug after he refused to reveal the serial number of his voter registration slip.

The thug, Matora Musiiwa was hauled before a Gutu magistrate who sentenced him to six months in prison.

Gutu magistrate Edwin Marecha, however, suspended two months of the jail sentence for three years. The other four months were suspended on condition that Masiiwa performs 105 hours of community service at Mutendeure Primary School.

The court heard that on February 9, Musiiwa, approached Mauchi at a local business centre and demanded to know why he had not submitted his serial number when everybody else had done so.

Musiiwa accused Mauchi of being a supporter of the MDC party. Mauchi then walked away but Musiiwa followed him, tripped him to the ground and kicked him repeatedly with booted feet on his left ribs, inflicting severe injuries on him.

Mauchi has since sought a peace order against Musiiwa and another Zanu PF activist, Pedzisai Manzunzu, to bar them from disturbing his peace and from threatening to harm his family. tell zimbabwe