Bomb­ing sol­dier faces dis­ci­pline

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Reporter

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

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