Mugabe breathes fire in court

FORMER President Robert Mugabe (pictured) last week blew into the roof during inspection-in-loco at his former residence Zimbabwe House, protesting against suggestions that he donated some of his computers to his aides to secure his “escape” during the military’s Operation Restore Legacy last November.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

Speaking during cross-examination by lawyer Willard Madzimba who was representing presidential guard Pepukai Zvakavapano who stands accused of stealing Mugabe’s 119 laptops, the former Head of State reacted angrily to suggestions that he wanted to escape the country.

Madzimbamuto had told the former President that he donated the computers to Zvakavapano to bribe him for a safe passage after his motorcade was blocked and searched by soldiers guarding the premises during the military operation.
“To escape, never use the word escape on us, we never tried to escape, why escaping? From who? Escaping from security forces that were looking after us, escape to go where?” Mugabe shot back.

He added: “We cannot escape from our own country, we were born here, we grew up here, we struggle for the country here, we shall never go anywhere, unless we are going out for medical check-ups, otherwise Zimbabwe is my home.”
Zvakavapano has denied the theft allegations, insisting the goods were donated to him.

The accused initially claimed he picked the computers from a bin at the Zimbabwe House and later said Mugabe donated the items to him. During the inspection-in-loco, Zvakavapano again changed his version of the events, saying he was given the computers by former First Lady Grace Mugabe.

But, Mugabe shot down the suggestion saying his wife could not donate the computers without his consent. He also described Zvakavapano as a stranger to him.

“I don’t know him. I never saw him, I did not donate anything during that time and I don’t donate to individuals. If I want to donate, I donate to schools. He (Zvakavapano) is still a stranger to me. My motorcade was never stopped for searches by the military, we were not stopped at all. I don’t know that my wife communicated with him. Why would she communicate with him, who is he to my wife? He is just a stranger,” he further told the court.

Mugabe said he was the owner of the stolen computers and had left them under the care of his top aide, Wonder Nyamurima.

Allegations are that soon after Mugabe’s ouster last year, Nyamurima was instructed to store the former Head of State’s property at Zimbabwe House inside five containers in the polo grounds for security reasons.

The State alleges on April 3, Zvakavapano and an accomplice only identified as Marega, were tasked to provide overnight security duties at the property.


At around 2am, the duo allegedly broke into the containers and stole seven computer monitors, CPUs, keyboards, mouses, pads, 57 Inspur model laptops, 44 large and small Lenovo laptops, 18 HP printers, four Sahara and Mercer complete desktop computer sets, as well as two Xerox printers.

Trial continues on July 23 before magistrate Josephine Sande.

15 Comments

  1. bva zvazodiiii paya enyu macomputer zvarwadza stereki asi $15 bn makadya mega atorawo share yake ipapo semwana weZimbabwe

  2. Better Patriot

    Yakadhliwa naED, SB Moyo, Perrence, Tshinga Dube, General Diprozona. Infact vakazvitanga in DRC zvekudya mari yemadiamonds, ngoma ndiyo ndiyo. You can ask the UN for confirmation.

  3. Where did RE get those things in the first place?!!!

  4. Were those things legitimately acquired? Can someone be accussed of taking things that are ill gotten in the first place?

  5. While I am NOT a fan of Robert, this case seems fairly clearly one of theft bythe accused. The way that we treat any one person, (including Robert Mugabe), is indicative of our maturity and empathy as a people and a nation.

  6. THAT MAN HAS DEMENTURE, DISREGUARD HIM

  7. Mugabe breathes fire ,which fire

  8. How come Mugabe had so many computers? Where did he get them from? This is the case that has to be investigated.

  9. kana munhu akaba achishandisa zita re Operation restore order pasipo aasungwe, vanhu vakadai vanoda kushatisa image yema soja neye nyika as if president was harrased during operation. VaMnangagwa batai vanhu isusu tirikubata basa atiri kutswaka rutsigiro rwekuti mupinde mu state house macho maiitikira zvese izvi. come 30 July ED pfee

    1. marpodhi mabhalakanhu

      you are right pahuwrong hwako

  10. Mugabe is now useless he is like a former millionaire

  11. He must have peed a bit when he blew his top.. Diaper change alert !!!

  12. Biata Nyamupinga

    Is this how we treat this man? Muchamutsumba Mugabe mufunge.

  13. mavakuzviseka senyika

  14. You people make it seem as if Mugabe anga asingawane salary. On a presidential allowance he could very much afford all of that. It’s just a simple case of theft. Let sekuru get his justice

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