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Zambian national acquitted

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VICTORIA FALLS — A Zambian who was arrested in the Matetsi area for allegedly possessing an AK47 rifle and had been in remand prison since February 4, was discharged on Tuesday due to lack of evidence against him.

Mubita Muyuba (37) pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of a dangerous firearm when he appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate Sharon Rosemani.

It was the State’s case that between February 2 and 4, Muyuba, in the company of Muyombo Eric Muyombo, Chavunda Muyombo, another suspect only identified as Justine as well as many others not named in court papers, allegedly entered Zimbabwe from Zambia through an illegal entry point along the Zambezi River. They were allegedly armed with an AK47 and a .375 rifle.

On an unknown date they further crossed into Botswana with their firearms on an unknown mission.

On February 4 they allegedly clashed with the Botswana security forces who fatally shot Justine and the rest of them escaped into Zimbabwe. The AK47 rifle was recovered by Zimbabwean police, but the .375 rifle was not recovered.

Muyuba was arrested in the Matetsi area while his colleagues escaped into Zambia where they are reported to have been arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

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