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Update On Mamombe, Chimbiri "Fake Abduction" Case

Update On Mamombe, Chimbiri

The trial of opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) duo, Cecilia Chimbiri and Joana Mamombe in a case they are being accused of faking their abduction in May 2020 continued on Tuesday.

A former manager at a fast food outlet located in Belgravia, Harare testified that she served Mamombe and Chimbiri at around 4 pm on the day they claimed to have been abducted.

Ms Loveness Chizana, who was employed at Chicken Inn, said one of the accused disembarked from the car they were travelling in and quickly returned while shielding her face after noticing that there were CCTV cameras at the shop. The Herald cites her as saying:

I was on duty and my shift on the day in question started at 3pm. It must have been an hour later when they came to my workplace.

They called a lady who was manning Pizza Inn but they said they were interested in being attended to by those at Chicken Inn. It was then that I was called by the lady manning the pizza section. I then served them.

Ms Chizana testified that Mamombe and Chimbiri were driving a silver Mercedes Benz in the company of another woman. She said she only spoke to the driver.

Asked by State counsel Mr Michael Reza whether she could still manage to identify the women she served on the day in question, Ms Chizana said she could not remember. She said:

It could be in May. I have served a lot of people and it is a long time ago.

I am not in a position to identify her but I recall selling them two hot wings and a burger.

Asked by Mr Reza to comment on the behaviour of one of the women who had disembarked from the car and returned instantly, Ms Chizana said:

I thought they had been seen by wives of their boyfriends. I thought they were small houses. I even discussed it with my co-workers.

Asked by Mamombe and Chimbiri’s lawyer, Mr Alec Muchadehama, whether the food outlet was not closed at 3 pm as a result of the Covid-19 national lockdown regulations which required businesses to close during that time, Ms Chizana replied:

It is possible that the shop could have been closed, but I need to check with receipts issued on the day in question to ascertain whether the shop was closed or not. But I remember serving them.

Asked further by Mr Muchadehama to comment on whether she saw their faces properly because of face masks, she said:

They did not remove their face masks during the time I attended to them.

Econet Wireless head security and investigations, Mr Godfrey Mangezi, testified in court that according to the subscriber information obtained from his company’s call-data records and base station sites, the phones of Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri never left Harare on the day they claimed to have been abducted.

Mr Mangezi said although he could not tell who was with the cellphones on May 13, 2020, he confirmed that the two numbers were registered in their names with Ecocash services and the print-out of call records and data usage from Econet showed that the numbers belong to them. He said

The printouts from Econet are an accurate reflection of activity of that number on dates and times according to company records.

The records showed that the cellphones were serviced by base stations in Warren Park and areas around the Harare Central Business District.

The trial continues on June 22.

Mamombe, Chimbiri and their colleague, Netsai Marova claim that they were arrested during a flash food protest in Warren Park on the 13th of May in 2020. Police initially issued a statement confirming the arrest but later retracted the statement.

The trio say they were kidnapped from police custody by suspected state security agents who allegedly physically and sexually assaulted them the whole night before dumping them in Bindura, some 86 km from Harare.

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i 2 weeks ago

hanzi manager ndiye aiserver iii Covid-19 yakauya nezvimwe



Ndimba Ndimba 2 weeks ago

Since when did Managers start serving customers at Chicken Inn when its the job of junior till operators to that. They log in and logout of the system and account for all cash inther tills and record it at the end of their shifts. Managers are there to supervise junior staff not to serve clients. This so called Manager is a liar .Where were the junior staff on shift when she served the ladies,had they knocked off at 3pm according to Covid regulations then meaning Chicken Inn was closed for 1 hour by the time the ladies arrived at 4pm to avoid being given a ticket by police for opening outside stipulated times therefore she served no body. Looks like she was told what to say in the court by prosecutors in order to try and nail the ladies. CCTV keeps records why were they not brought to court as evidence.Things not adding up on theManagers's testimony !!! !! !.

Captain Jack Sparrow 2 weeks ago

I think Zimbabwe should copy China's strategize where dissidents like these from the CCC camp should be taken to vocational training camps where they are reeducated and taught life skills ....vanyanya kushaya zvekuita maCCC

Lens 2 weeks ago


VYBZ KARTEL 2 weeks ago

Sungwai murumwe me tsikidzi we bato renyu bato retsikidzi


totito 2 weeks ago

The shop closed at 3pm, but thy were served at 4pm. Who is fooling who?

Dhuterere 2 weeks ago

Paul Nyati revoked his statement after announcement of the ladies arrest anokanganwa chanuro nehope wakapa maCIO vana and team law and order angori maCIO futi and vanouraya vanhu

Mdara Odza 2 weeks ago

ZRP issues a statement through its National Spokesperson, Paul Nyathi confirming the arrest, but later on retracted the statement, this alone affirms the notion that they were abducted in Police custody. Police has to explain what happened from the time they announced they arrested them

Tang. Ku 2 weeks ago

M ha ta dzenyu ma zanupf muudze mnangagwa kuti uri mwana ve h u re iye vacho m ur o yi

citizen 2 weeks ago

vavharirei mhani ma**** eCCC ayo

ZimEye 2 weeks ago

Wapedza kudya Ali here nhai Canibal

citizen 2 weeks ago

vavharirei mhani ma**** eCCC ayo

Aratijiyesi 2 weeks ago

Regai timboona kkkk

Hon 2 weeks ago

Zvimwe mungataura henyu but mababey omene kkkk.

CCC 2 weeks ago

snake in the grass

King Shondo 2 weeks ago

Mazanu pf muri shondo dzevanhu zvisiri zvebato mwana uyu ndewemudanga ndonzwa kuti haasi kuoneka ihora

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