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Coup plotters’ trial starts


The trial of the six men who allegedly planned to topple President Robert Mugabe in 2007 opened yesterday at the High Court with a nervous-looking Air Force of Zimbabwe flight sergeant, Owen Bafana, testifying against the accused.

Bafana said he was recruited by the alleged coup plotters to help them mobilise soldiers to topple President Mugabe and replace him with Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He said he was meant to facilitate entry of the soldiers into Manyame Air Base as he was supposed to be on duty on the day of the planned coup.

The accused are Albert Matapo, Emmanuel Marara, Nyasha Zivuku, Oncemore Mudzurahona, Patson Mupfure, Shingirayi Mutemachani and Rangarirai Mazivofa. They are facing treason charges and have been in remand prison since they were arrested four years ago.

On Wednesday, Bafana said he was going to get Z$100 million, but he only received Z$2 million which was deposited into a bank account while he was on assignment in Gweru.

“He (Matapo) explained the project to me, but before he explained he promised that I was going to get a Z$100 million, a fully furnished house and a top job in the army,” Bafana said.

“He further indicated that he wanted to remove the old man (President Mugabe) from power and said he had already visited other places and was only left with Manyame. From what he told me he wanted to carry out a coup.”

The trial will continue on Monday.

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