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State House intruder languishes in jail


A MATSHOBANA man who was arrested for trying to enter Bulawayo State House on April 6 was last week remanded in custody pending the release of his mental status report by a State psychiatrist.


Clever Mombeshora (34) has been languishing in remand prison for about three months since being arrested and charged with trying to forcefully enter the Bulawayo State House.

Mombeshora pleaded guilty to the charge when he initially appeared before Bulawayo senior magistrate Sibongile Msipa, but his incoherent remarks in court prompted the magistrate to order his mental evaluation before trial could kick-off.

The State indicated that it was still waiting for Mombeshora’s psychiatric report three months after Msipa ordered his examination.

In April, Msipa ordered that Mombeshora be examined by two medical doctors and the duo produced conflicting reports with one indicating that he was fit to stand trial and the other saying he should be examined by a psychiatrist.

Following the conflicting medical reports, Msipa ordered that Mombeshora goes for a psychiatric examination indicating that the outcome would determine whether or not he would stand trial.

Mombeshora told the court when he initially appeared that he went to State House close to Sauerstown to get a gun for his Pakistani handler who had promised him good money for it. Mombeshora told the court that he did not know the name of the Pakistani man or place of residence, but he knew that the State House was the only place he could readily get a gun.

He said he needed the money as he survived on smuggling people into South Africa through the Limpopo River.

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