The trial of a Zanu PF activist, Takesure Mbano, for allegedly robbing a Gokwe miner of seven tonnes of gold ore worth over
$9 000 will start on January 9 next year.
Senior Court Reporter
Mbano, of Faraway Farm in Ruwa and proprietor of Mbano Investments, was again not formally charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and transporting gold ore without a licence when he appeared before Gokwe provincial magistrate Shepherd Mjanja for routine remand on Thursday.
He will come back to court from prison for routine remand on Christmas Eve.
Charges against him are that on October 26, Mbano, in the company of his alleged accomplices who are at large, went to Musorowaparuka 5 Mine in Chief Njelele’s area owned by Mehluli Sibindi (84).
On arrival, he produced a CZ pistol threatening to shoot the workers.
After sending away the workers, he located gold ore and went to a nearby village where he forced Richard Chitiyo who had a lorry to load the ore. He allegedly ordered him at gunpoint to drive to Doneni Mine where the ore was going to be crushed.
However, the complainant’s sons Christopher and Adam Sibindi followed the lorry together with a worker, Nowell Shambamuto, and caught up with it along the way.
They contacted police at Battlefields, who mounted a roadblock and arrested Mbano and impounded the lorry and the ore.
The complainant, Mehluli, was also arrested after he discharged his firearm in the scuffle and was convicted by Mjanja. Sentencing was postponed for five years after Mjanja considered Mehluli’s age.