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Munangagwa Brothers Denied Bail In Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery Case

Munangagwa Brothers Denied Bail In Conspiracy To Commit Armed Robbery Case

Two nephews of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Tawanda Munangagwa (36) and Vengai Munangagwa (45), who were arrested for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms three weeks ago denied the charges yesterday, saying they were framed.

The duo was denied bail at the High Court by Justice Benjamin Chikowero.

They are facing conspiracy to commit armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms charges.

Tawanda is a squadron leader in the Air Force of Zimbabwe at Manyame while his brother, Vengai is alleged to be a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer. Vengai is also a farmer in Marondera.

They are also mining partners at Litapet Mining Syndicate together with their mother, Lita Gomo.

Vengai and Tawanda are said to be the sons of one of President Mnangagwa’s brothers and the “u” in their surname is a misspelling that officials at the Civil Registry Department made.

It is alleged that:

i). on April 14, this year, members of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) received a tip-off that the duo was conspiring to commit an armed robbery at Plot 5 Overlaw Farm, Muzvezve in Kadoma.

ii). they were intercepted and searched along Bulawayo Road near Norton and CID officers recovered an AK-47 rifle containing 30 rounds of ammunition.

iii) a search at their residence was conducted and a Tokarev pistol was discovered. The duo claimed that the firearm was planted by the CID.

iv). They told the court that they were framed by one Chifamba, a serving member of the Zimbabwe National Army, who allegedly conspired with them to commit the armed robbery.

v). The State alleges that Tawanda sold the plan to commit the robbery to Chifamba and requested him to provide firearms for the purpose. Chifamba pretended to go along with the idea, but he alerted his superiors.

The duo maintains that it did not even know that Chifamba was in possession of the AK-47 rifle and 30 rounds of ammunition.

They argued that Chifamba boarded their car at the Harare Exhibition Park saying he was going to Chegutu, and they did not know that an AK-47 rifle had been hidden under the seat.  They also claimed that the Tokarev Pistol was planted by police at Tawanda’s residence.

Justice Chikowero said their trial would be at the regional court in Harare. Justice Chikowero said:

The applicants did not dispute the offence of conspiracy to commit robbery in aggravating circumstances, which is a serious offence which on conviction invariably attracts a severe custodial sentence.

In my opinion, the prosecution appears to have at its disposal an array of witnesses apparently bringing forth a chain of strong evidence against the applicants. On the other hand, their defence strikes me as weak. It seems to have self-evident gaps.

Justice Chikowero said their robbery charge might attract imprisonment for life as per section 126 (2) (a) of the Criminal Code.

The judge also dismissed their application for bail pending trial, saying there was a possibility of them absconding from the trial in fear of lengthy custodial sentences.

More: NewsDay


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13 Comments

VaGwede 1 month ago

Comment guys what's your opinion
Panopisa ka pane mukuru ka Mira uone kuti corruption iriko


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Vapfana ava vachangogara mujeri zvemaweeks vobuda zvavo💔

Register to vote amana
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Asalif 1 month ago

it's only a matter of time even all of you you will forget now you heard the case is being transferred to Harare regional court The day they appear in court that court room no one will be allowed to hear the case simple as eating sadza


kwembo 1 month ago

vakutumwa nevakuru ngavapinde kuseri ava vajaira kuba 2023 hak mbavha mujeriuna izvozvo


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

The Mnangagwa duo is facing serious charges and they are soiling the Mnangagwa family clan. By not sweeping this case under the carpet His Excellency President ED MNANGAGWA intends to show the public that he is not corrupt. This case has splitted the Mnangagwa family because there are those who feel that the president did not do enough to save his nephews and those who say that justice must take its course. Indeed justice must take its course.

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Zombie🤯 1 month ago

I will speak as I wish Camaraderie Zimbos.Such dubious cases will end up as follows
1.OFFICERS KUMUSHA.
2.MAGESTRATE KUMUSHA AKAITA HUORI PANE IMWE NYAYA
3P.P KUMUSHA ALAPIWA CHIWOKO MUHOMWE
4.OFFICER IN CHARGE OBVISIWA BINGA UKO HAAZONZIKI FUTI ACHIBATA HOVE IKOKO
5POVO KU RAKASHWA UKATAURA IYI NYAYA 😁
6 INI ZOMBIE ZIII ZVANGU 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🙈


Terminator 2 😎 1 month ago

Ahoyiii ma comrades regai ndipeiwo muono wangu vanoenda kujeri vatongwa vozobuda nema appeal mose makanganwa 2018 Amnesty yakabudisa vemombe vaya Hama futi yainzi wemombe panze kkkkkk


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FICTION 🐸 1 month ago

I wonder how such things ever happen in Zim .If you are related to these Mafia you escape the radar always .Such cases will and up with some of us being transferred to the bhundu area urgently with no remorse.Pakaipa highly sensitive case


The King of Serpents 1 month ago

If these guys are really Mnangagwa's relatives, they'll be released. Hazvitishamise, tazvijaira.This country is the definition of a corrupt nation.


Da Truth 1 month ago

Tatifbe fambe vachapiwa havo bhero AAA bail pozonzi witness haasi kuuya ku court anenge a bholanjwa kkkkkk tozongonzwa yonziii musi 15 haaa musi 26 ,haaaa next month haaa nextime haaaa next year haaaa pakaresvewa Cid Haina kuita basa nemazvo ngavadzokere ku Morris depo kkkkkk haaaa prosecutor anonzwa covid ,haaa keanga kusina magetsi 🙈 haaa tashaiwa bhiro yokunyoresa mapepa ,mupurisa waisa mapepa pa wrong address kkkk aaaaa kurikunaya ndo ziiiiiii pakafira Heniriyeta ,Obedia Moyo, Priscilla Mupfumira, Wicknell Chivhayo,nechimwe chikwata chinedzakafa dzaka loader mumatare ,iba mbira ,kana donkey uwone ,police spokesperson ,, The long arm of the law will catch you .We leave no stone unturned heeeee we are on top of the situation police langwejiii kkkk


The King of Serpents 1 month ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂 wandispaka but chawataura ndicho chokwadi. I wish you were joking.

dikitivha 1 month ago

Munhu opinda ne AK 47 mumota mako, wotadza kuzviona. weak defense, zita iri ragara is associated ne humbavha. This is a test case for the judiciary


Japajapa 1 month ago

Ngavapinde zvavo vakomana mujeri.



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