HARARE businessman Takesure Mbano’s trial over allegations of robbing a Gokwe miner of seven tonnes of gold ore worth over $9 000 has been rescheduled to February 22 after the accused indicated that he was unfit to stand trial.
Report by Richard Muponde
Mbano, of Faraway Farm in Ruwa and proprietor of Mbano Investments, has been languishing in remand prison since his arrest in November last year over armed robbery, kidnapping and theft charges.
The trial was supposed to start at Gokwe Regional Court last Wednesday, but was deferred after the court was advised that Mbano was not feeling well.
State allegations are that on October 26 last year, Mbano, in
the company of his accomplices who are at large, stormed
Musorowaparuka 5 Mine in Chief Njelele’s area brandishing a CZ pistol.
The mine belongs to Mehluli Sibindi.
Mbano allegedly chased away the mine workers and later commandeered a local transporter Richard Chitiyo to transport the gold ore to Doneni Mine for processing.
However, Mehluli’s sons Christopher and Adam 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 gold ore. His accomplices managed to escape.
Police took the ore for assay where its value was estimated at $9 900.