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Businessman poisoned


A 40-year-old Harare man, Isaiah Ranganai, who had been on the run for the past two years after he allegedly killed his business partner using a poisonous drink, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Ranganai was yesterday not asked to plead to the charge when he appeared before Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma for initial remand.

The State alleges that on May 12, 2010, Ranganai and his alleged accomplices who are still at large called Coleen Zimbande and lied that they wanted to engage him in a diamond business deal.

When they met him, it is alleged the suspects told Zimbande that they were going to buy diamonds in Chiadzwa.

Prosecutor David Mugwagwa told the court that the suspected murderers drove Zimbande to Glen Lorne where they allegedly forced him to drink poison.

The court was told that after forcing him to drink the poison, they allegedly dumped him near the offices of a company along Samora Machel Avenue.

Zimbande then died at his home three days later.
Magwegwe presented that before Zimbande died, he told police in Kambuzuma that Ranganai and his alleged accomplices had poisoned him.

Ranganai was arrested last Saturday after police established that he was the registered owner of a mobile line that had been used to communicate with Zimbande before his death.

Ranganai was remanded in custody and will be back in court on July 13.

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