State reinstates charges

The two military intelligence officers who were temporarily released by Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana have been granted $200 bail by the High Court.
Silas Pfupa and Solomon Makumbe were granted $200 bail by the High Court last week on Friday.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

Justice Garainesu Mawadze ordered Makumbe and Pfupa to deposit their bail money with the clerk of court at Harare Magistrates’ Court.

The order also said Pfupa should surrender his passport to the clerk of court. The duo was also released into the custody of Colonel Charles Mashava, the director of Military Intelligence based at Cranborne Barracks, until the matter is finalised.

Harare Magistrates’ Court

The National Prosecuting Authority recently reinstated sabotage charges against duo and on Monday they were arraigned before Harare regional magistrate Sandra Mupindu on charges of money-laundering and attempting to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s Gushungo Dairy plant.

Tomana withdrew the charges against the pair allegedly to make them State witnesses against their co-accused. But the decision backfired and Tomana is now before the courts on charges of criminal abuse of office as a public officer.

The accused were arrested about three kilometres from Gushungo Dairy on the night of January 22 this year and found in possession of weapons used for sabotage, insurgency, banditry or terrorism.

Makumbe and Pfupa were initially jointly charged with Owen Kuchata and Borman Ngwenya. Kuchata has since been convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison while Ngwenya is still on trial.

At the Monday hearing, the accused’s lawyers Mutumbwa and Mugabe applied to have the case tried in camera, but prosecutor Michael Reza opposed the application.
After hearing both sides, Mupindu is expected to make a ruling on the application today.

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