Tomana arrested over Mugabe farm ‘bombing’

PROSECUTOR-GENERAL (PG) Johannes Tomana has landed himself in trouble after he allegedly sanctioned the dropping of criminal charges against two soldiers linked to an attempted bombing at President Robert Mugabe’s dairy farm.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

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Tomana was yesterday granted $1 000 bail coupled with stringent reporting conditions when he appeared before provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe facing charges of criminal abuse of office or alternatively obstructing the course of justice.

The court ordered him to report three times a week at CID Harare Central Police Station, reside at his given address and not interfere with witnesses.

The two soldiers — Solomon Makumbe (29), attached to 1 Field Regiment, and Silas Pfupa (37) of the Zimbabwe Intelligence Corps — were arrested together with two others at the First Family’s Gushungo Dairy project in Mazowe two weeks ago, as they were about to execute their alleged bombing plot.

Tomana, who was arrested on Monday, arrived at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday under a heavy police escort.

The PG is alleged to have instructed his subordinate, Michael Mugabe, to drop the charges against the two, who were to be turned into State witnesses.

Appearing for the State, Timothy Makoni said Tomana abused his office when he allegedly instructed Mugabe to write an official document withdrawing charges against the duo.

Represented by Advocate Thabani Mpofu, Tomana raised constitutional breaches in his arrest, saying the police had no authority to charge or interfere with the discharge of his duties as enshrined in the Constitution.

Mpofu told magistrate Chikwekwe that Tomana’s arrest would be unlawful even if he had committed an offence.

“The existence of the factual reason entitling anyone under whatever title or authority to proceed against the PG will also be an issue on the next remand date,” he said.

“This case brings the entire constitutional spectrum hearing on validity of the constitutional office, action of the police will be subject for debate.”

Meanwhile, the soldiers, whose charges had been withdrawn, were re-arrested and charged with treason together with their initial co-accused, Owen Kuchata (34) and Borman Ngwenya (30), leaders of a little-known Zimbabwe People’s Front political party.

The four are accused of attempting to bomb the Gushungo dairy plant in Mazowe and unconstitutionally attempting to overthrow an elected government.

The State alleges the quartet established a militia base in Mapinga, Mashonaland West province, where they planned to train people to topple the President.

It is also alleged on January 1 and 2 this year, they went to Kutama, Zvimba district, where they conducted surveillance of Mugabe’s rural homestead with a view to plan his ouster.

On several occasions, it is alleged, the group met at Queens Hotel in the capital, where they plotted banditry and insurgency activities with a view to topple Mugabe.

The quartet was remanded in custody to February 16 and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

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24 Comments

  1. Give that photographer a Pulitzer!

    1. Sure bro.this is the photo of the week.excellent.kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  2. Tomana cannot be arrested for doing his job. If the people who appointed him are not happy with him or his decisions they should fire him instead.
    He took a decision as PG and that decision should be respected however absurd it looks. How else can PG do his job if he can be arrested for doing his job?

  3. Prosecuting the Prosecutor General. That is interesting. So when one wants to bomb a private dairy belonging to the President’s family that equates to treason. If indeed they wanted to do so, why wouldnt they have succeeded? We are used to this kind of drama, dating back to the 1980s. ZANU PF is master of this deceit.

    1. What are the soldiers being charged with? Initial reports suggest that they intended to bomb Gushungo dairy plant in Mazowe – then what happened? Now there is an issue of treason where they are being accused of plotting to topple president Mugabe or unconstitutionally attempting to overthrow an elected government. How on earth could the soldiers plan president Mugabe’s ouster in Kutama, Zvimba when it’s common knowledge that he is resident in Harare? More to this than meets the eye.Also, it is reported that Tomana’s subordinate Michael Mugabe was instructed to drop the charges -is he (Michael Mugabe) a relative of president Mugabe? Dangerous Zanu PF politics – Tomana beware.

  4. Not so long ago he shielded Kereke from prosecution, now he is at it once more.
    If the drama can be expanded to be factual, it will make an exciting episode akin to the Mukadota/Marwizi fame.

    Remember, Tomana wants to present a paper authorizing sex with girls under 12 years.

  5. True to the bone, “what goes around comes around, one could not believe that this is Tomana who was ferried with a bakkie ” I am sure he feels as if he is dreaming. This is Zanu PF Mr Tomana, keep that in mind you can do all the booticking but,when they decide to turn the tables , they really do.

  6. chimbomirai izvozvo

    akafita kuzongonzi arwara afa etc etc. remember there is rumour that he belongs to the other faction

  7. These soldiers obviously acted under instruction, hence being turned to state witnesses. Why weren’t they arrested by MPs instead and taken to marshall court as this is a military matter? Just that I don’t have all the facts.

  8. abantu be zanu sebehlanya sibili i factional iyethusa even lema offices what we know yu have hunted this man for a long time olease then appoint Mandi chimene as P G

  9. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    No one is above the law. Even those ministers who are corrupt, the time shall soon come, when we ask them the question, ‘where and how did you get these richies?’ we shall introduce the operation, code named HUPFUMI UHU WAKAHUWANEPI? The time shall come, just wait.

  10. Prosecuting the Proseccutor General??? Comedy politik at its worst!! since tomana was appointed not elected to the post, if they feel they have lost taste in him, wy cant they just fire him?? Maybe its bcz of his alleged affiliation to e other faction, this means that he will be booted from 1) dat post 2) Govt and 3)Zanu. Aiva madziva ava mazambuko, the revolutionary party aina ma permanent residents , ma lodger ega ega, unobuda in a short notice.

  11. Hey, this is very delicate. Army pple trying to bomb the president’s dairy. 2 soldiers released to be state witness, against who? Against a small political party leader? The releaser finally arrested. Reading between the lines, there is more to it. interested

  12. Sorry hako Tomy.

  13. So….is the state prosecutor ,Timothy Makoni, not acting in insubordination i.e by prosecuting his own boss????? Is he not usurping the powers and authority of his superior’s office ???

    Comedy Central

  14. kkkkkk he was paraded in a bakkie to all who took notice. public humiliation indeed. they must have taken him to matapi for a night

  15. This truly becoming a Banana Republic!!!! The police arrest, and the prosecutor decides on the merits or lack of to either prosecute or not. That is his prerogative.

    Now if he is being arrested by the police when he disagrees with them, and is doing his job, then Lord have mercy!!!!

    There goes the last vestiges of credibility and integrity that Zimbabwe as a country had. LAFA ELIHLE KAKHULU SHAME!!!!!

  16. Even those ministers who are corrupt, the time shall soon come, when we ask them the question, ‘where and how did you get these richies?’ we shall introduce the operation, code named HUPFUMI UHU WAKAHUWANEPI? The time shall come, just wait.

  17. Mrs Ziyambi is to be blamed for this and i think its high time she should leave the office immediately for NPA to move forward

  18. Eaish!I hope they will not charge with obstruct of justice over Kereke’s case.He was warned by the MDC to quit if wanted dabble in party politics.

    He is lucky that God’s Holy Spirit move certain people to go to court to have section 121 abolished ahead of his arrest otherwise he going to sing from the hymn book with his former victims .

  19. tru dat gozho its another strategy by sekuru gudo n his tsuros to destruct the media n the entire nation from real problems that are affecting the nation

  20. Justice is where the judgement is in your favour… Even when if i were Tomana’s apologist,ndaisafarawo. But well done!!! Thank u!!!The ZRP for being fair… Nobody can run away from justice.! Ndanzwa pane vati Tomana’s arrest was unlawful???? Damn dat man!!! Arrested was not the PG’s office…a man was arrested…that is that zvakaitwa nemapurisa! Big op VaChihuri!

  21. Justice is where the judgement is on your side… Well done ZRP… Well done Chihuri…

  22. Where did these ‘soldiers ‘ train. They could not bomb a rural establishment guarded by border gezis? pathetic to say the least.

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