Four to be indicted on treason charges

Source: Four to be indicted on treason charges | The Herald September 19, 2016

Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
The Harare Magistrates’ Court will on September 29 indict four men, including jailed Zimbabwe People’s Front president Owen Kuchata, on suspicions of plotting to bomb the First Family’s dairy farm in Mazowe.

Kuchata is serving nine years for banditry and money laundering.

He is jointly charged with Borman Ngwenya, a soldier attached to military intelligence; Solomon Makumbe (29), who is also a Zimbabwe National Army corporal; and Silas Pfupa (37), an ex-soldier.

They are facing treason charges.

Harare magistrate Ms Vongai Muchuchuti-Guuriro presided over the matter recently.

Makumbe and Pfupa are represented by Mrs Gamuchira Dzitiro while Ngwenya and Kuchata are self-actors.

The quartet allegedly established a military training base in Mapinga, Mashonaland West Province, where they planned to commit terror acts, sabotage and banditry.

Prosecuting, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that on January 1, the four proceeded to President Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba, where they identified suitable points to sabotage.

It is alleged the four held several meetings at Queens Hotel in Harare, mapping strategies on how they would strike.

Police received a tip-off that the four were planning to bomb Alpha Omega Dairy’s processing plant and a tuckshop in Mazowe.

Acting on the tip-off, police proceeded to the farm and laid an ambush about 100 metres from the quartet’s target.

At around 10pm, the detectives saw the men approaching the processing plant and immediately arrested them. They deny the charges.


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    ntaba 6 years ago

    The ultimate Zanu trick. Use the state machinery to charge opposition with treason. Nkomo, Tekere, Tsvangirayi and so forth. What a sick joke Zanu remian.

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    Bull Ant 6 years ago

    Zimbabwe People Front ……what is this .

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    Kevin 6 years ago

    If there is half a brain cell floating around in the heads of any of the idiots masquerading as Officers of the Court they would know that a charge of treason is unsustainable. Treason is where you conspire with a foreign power to bring harm upon the nation. At best, assuming they had weapons and or explosives a charge of terrorism might be sustainable. In the absence of explosives even that charge would be difficult to sustain. To state that ZANU PF and its idiot lackeys are stupid and bring far more harm to Zimbabwe than any group of dissidents, with their looting, theft and destruction of the Rule of Law.