Gushungo ‘bomber’ scores against State

MILITARY intelligence officer Borman Ngwenya, who is facing charges of banditry, yesterday scored against the State, when his applications to be provided with the proof of ownership of Gushungo Dairy and records of calls made to a senior army official were granted.

by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

Ngwenya is facing two charges of possession of weapons for banditry, insurgency or terrorism and money-laundering arising from an allegedly failed attempt to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s Gushungo Dairy last month.

In granting the applications, Harare magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni said the accused was facing serious charges that if found guilty, he could be jailed for life, thus he should be afforded the opportunity to adequately defend himself.

Harare Magistrates’ Court

“The issue of ownership of the property (Gushungo Dairy) is important and the State should serve the defence with these documents,” she ruled.

The defence, led by Musindo Hungwe and Exactly Mangezi, had argued that it was improper for their client to be charged with banditry or sabotage in relation to attempting to bomb a private property.

The court further granted the defence application to have Econet and NetOne release the call records of mobile phone nubers 0777 092 200 and 071 680 0343 respectively.

Mthombeni also granted Ngwenya’s application to have the State provide him with the warned-and-cautioned statements of Solomon Makumbe and Silas Pfupa in the treason charge he is jointly charged with them.

He argued their statements are crucial to his defence.

The magistrate ordered prosecutor Michael Reza to ensure that Ngwenya’s defence counsel was served with all these documents, before the trial commences on March 7, 2015.

Mthombeni said the application on the splitting of charges would only be dealt with at trial, after the State had led its evidence and the court would make a decision.

10 Responses to Gushungo ‘bomber’ scores against State

  1. jay February 23, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    And Newsday had to publish private phone numbers dzevanhu!

    • Zvineyi February 23, 2016 at 9:15 am #

      This is not a Private Trial so the numbers are no longer Private, Idiot!

  2. qualified jobless teacher February 23, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    ko chingogarai matiudza kut number ndedzaani abiyangu. Ungatoona pakubuda mafaction fut ipapa

    • jayy February 23, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      its very simple to get a name for any econet number #jobless teacher,just follow the steps of sending money via ecocash you get a confirmation message of the transfer destination name and surname hahahahahahahaha.

      • Byo February 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

        Then sm1 says thy work for intelligencey

  3. Kufandada February 23, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Pane nyaya.That is why Grace Mugabe said the army is the one that planned the bombing.The record of those telephone conversations are crucial.These people could be found dead to destroy evidence.The other guy who admitted guilt did not want to go through all this.He may be the plant by the military and will probably be released through the back door.

  4. maita February 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    That is private property so the charges have to change. Gushungo dairy is different from Telone, ZESA, Zinara, or Minsiyry of Justice offices.

  5. MyPocketsSoFull February 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    Rutendo Marufu (ECONET number)

    • Sir Wicknel February 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      Related to Grace?

  6. Byo February 23, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    We wr born in ths gvment we dont knw betwn good better worse plz gv us a chance to be free

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