There was drama at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts yesterday when a convicted armed robber vented his anger on court officials by threatening them with unspecified action and shouting abusive language, insulting President Robert Mugabe, after being slapped with a 12-year effective jail term.
The circus took place in Court 17 where the robber, Daniel Mutema (26), threatened to deal with the court’s prosecutor, Zivanai Makwanya, upon his release from jail.
A female police officer and an interpreter were not spared from Mutema’s insults after attempting to calm him down. They were both labelled “Mugabe’s prostitutes”.
As if that was not enough, Mutema ranted on, declaring President Mugabe was going to die soon and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai would assume power and give him amnesty.
“(President) Mugabe is too old and will not live long. As soon as Tsvangirai gets into power, I will be out and will hunt you down and deal with you,” said Mutema pointing a menacing finger at court officials.
Mutema’s co-accused Brian Juma (21) and Tatenda Nyanhemwa (21), who were slapped with the same sentence, tried to calm him down to no avail.
Members of the public and the media were stunned by Mutema’s theatrics.
Court officials who witnessed the incident said Mutema was likely to be charged with insulting the Office of the President.
Mutema, Juma and Nyanhemwa were convicted of robbing Fredrick Madombiro of his Toyota Ipsum vehicle after hiring him from Nyamupaguma Night Club in Karoi.
They took him towards Rydings School, a few kilometers from Karoi, but before reaching their supposed destination, they ordered him to stop and attacked him.
Mutema grabbed Madombiro by the neck while his colleagues searched him and stole $1 520 cash and a cellphone.
They then tied his hands and legs with a rope and drove him to Alaska Mine, 90km from Karoi, where they dumped him. Madombiro eventually managed to untie himself and find help.