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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Septem­ber 27, 1966 — A group of three al­leged ter­ror­ists, ar­rested af­ter a mas­sive po­lice and army swoop through the rugged bush coun­try in the Tlolotjo area were found with pam­phlets of a banned or­gan­i­sa­tion urg­ing Africans to take up arms and fight to “free Rhode­sia from for­eign rule”, the High Court, Bu­l­awayo, was told yes­ter­day.

The three men, Sam Du­mazaz Mpofu, Baker Maduna and Joseph Ma­hanyana Ng­wenya, are the first of 14 al­leged ter­ror­ists who are to ap­pear be­fore Mr Jus­tice H Davies this week on charges of be­ing in un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons — an of­fence un­der the law and Or­der (Main­te­nance )Act.

Ap­pear­ing with Mpofu, Maduna and Ng­wenya yes­ter­day was a fourth man, Gideon Ndi­weni, who is al­leged to have hid­den weapons and equip­ment for the three men. He has also been charged with be­ing in pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons. Mpofu, Maduna and Ng­wenya who all pleaded guilty, did not give ev­i­dence or say any­thing in court yes­ter­day. Ndi­weni de­nied the charge.

He told Mr Jus­tice Davies that the three oth­ers had threat­ened to kill him if he did not hide their guns and equip­ment. Po­lice stood guard on all court en­trances yes­ter­day as the four men were led into the dock from cells un­der the court room. An African con­sta­ble sat be­side them through­out the hear­ing.

Af­ter the pleas, Ad­vo­cate CJ Glaum, prose­cut­ing, asked that the hear­ing be held in cam­era “in the in­ter­est of jus­tice”, but the re­quest was turned down by Jus­tice Davies.

He said: “Pre­vi­ous tri­als of this na­ture have been open to the pub­lic. I don’t see why this one should be any ex­cep­tion”.

De­tec­tive Sec­tion Of­fi­cer Lawrence Ib­bett said he was lead­ing a de­tach­ment of po­lice and troops in search of ter­ror­ists in the Tjolotjo area on Au­gust 24. Shortly af­ter they left their base camp, his party came across the three men.

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