Bombing soldier faces discipline
THE Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) says a soldier who is in police custody for attempting to bomb a shopping mall using dangerous explosives in Bulawayo’s Queenspark West suburb on Tuesday will be disciplined.
Admire Mangeya was arrested after he attempted to blow up the shopping complex in protest over a split glass of beer.
ZNA public relations Director Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore yesterday said the army was investigating the source of the explosives the soldier was caught with.
He said the ZNA was a professional organisation that does not condone any acts of indiscipline and criminality.
“Army public relations hereby confirms that Admire Mangeya is a member of the ZNA who was caught committing an offence while on leave. The culprit remains in police custody while investigations are under way.
“The ZNA special investigations is in the process of ascertaining the source of the commercial explosives that Mangeya was caught in possession of. He will be brought before the courts for trial once investigations have been completed and the ZNA will respect the courts’ verdict,” said Lt Col Makotore.
He said Mangeya exhibited gross indiscipline and criminality that is not tolerated in the army.
“Mangeya was not on duty and his actions were in his personal and individual capacity during the commission of the crime.
“Any ZNA member caught on the wrong side of the law is subject to the country’s laws. Furthermore, internal disciplinary measures will also be applied.
“Crime in the ZNA is not tolerated and such cases are dealt with expeditiously as the ZNA is a well-disciplined force. The army will never allow its reputation and image to be tarnished by such misguided elements,” said Lt Col Makotore.
He added that the swift handling of the case by the army and the police was clear testimony of the effective policing systems in the country.
Mangeya sent shoppers, imbibers, vendors and workers at the shopping complex running for their lives at about 4PM on Tuesday when he set the explosives after a shop attendant at Regal Supermarket, Ms Rumbidzai Mukerekete, mistakenly spilled his beer.
Ms Mukerekete was trying to tell Mangeya and his friends, who were playing pool, to notify her before they punch tokens into the machine.
Mangeya was given $1 for his drink and went away but came back with some explosives that he connected to electric cables while he was sitting at the entrance to the shop.
He was immediately apprehended by the police who recovered the explosives.
Witnesses, who could not identify the type of explosives, said an army bomb squad told them that if they had detonated, they would have razed the entire complex. — @pamelashumba1
The driver of the overturned Toyota Hilux Surf claims his car got stuck in a gear as he was reversing out of a car wash at the intersection of Robert Mugabe Way and 10th Avenue on Wednesday. The car went on to hit an island before overturning. — Picture by Dennis Midzamiri