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‘Destitute’ arrested for trespassing into minister’s home


A Harare man, Shadreck Chigwido, was arrested last week and charged with trespassing into Zanu PF minister Francis Nhema’s official Borrowdale house.

Nhema is the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management. Chigwido (20) was arrested on April 3 and charged with contravening Section 132 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for trespassing.

A Borrowdale police report indicates that Chigwido was seen by the minister’s maid, identified as Anna Kachidza, loitering around the Zanu PF legislator’s house at around 1400 hours.

Kachidza allegedly informed two members of the Police Protection Unit deployed at Nhema’s house, leading to Chigwido’s arrest.

When quizzed over his presence at the minister’s residence, Chigwido allegedly claimed he was looking for drinking water and money to buy food.

Chigwido allegedly initially claimed he stayed in Borrowdale, but later said he was from Chisipite Shopping Centre.

He was then detained at Borrowdale Police Station under number RRB1422711.

Part of the police report reads: “Operatives will take a keen interest in the investigations of the matter to establish if accused had no intentions of posing criminal or security threats at the minister’s house.”

However, Harare police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said he had not received the report.

“I have not yet received a report to that effect,” said Sabau.

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