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New Twist To Mamombe, Chimbiri Abduction Case

New Twist To Mamombe, Chimbiri Abduction Case

Data records have indicated that cellphones owned by Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri never left Harare on the day they claim to have been abducted.

During re-examination by the State, Engineer Tapera Christopher Kazembe said on the day the CCC activists claimed to have been abducted, there were no records of calls from a location outside Harare.

He added that there was user usage on the cellphones considering the volumes of data that was recorded on call date records.

Asked prosecutor Mr Michael Reza:

On the documents which you prepared, was there evidence that from 2pm and 10pm, the cellphones never left Harare or the urban area?

Eng Kazembe replied:

On the call records, from time of 2 pm up to 10 pm on the 13th of May, there is no record of call made out of area of Harare. The mobile phones did not leave Harare.

The State accuses Mamombe, Chimbiri and Netsai Marova of faking their own abduction to soil the image of the government.

The trio went missing in Warren Park on Wednesday 13 May after they were reportedly abducted during a flash protest.   Police initially alleged that they had arrested the three but later denied that the three were in custody. The trio claims that suspected state security agents abducted them from police custody, sexually abused them and dumped them in Bindura.

Mamombe and Chimbiri are expected to be back in court on March 31 when chief magistrate Mrs Mushure makes a ruling on the State’s application to recall its witness.

More: The Herald

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