The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7,1966 — The High Court, Bu­l­awayo, was told yes­ter­day that two men were given Rus­sian-made hand grenades to throw at a meet­ing at­tended by the Prime Minister, Mr Ian Smith, in Bu­l­awayo ear­lier this year.

Hezekiah Moyo, a 35-year clerk who is al­leged to have supplied the men with grenades, was jailed for seven years for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons — an of­fence un­der the Law and Or­der (Main­te­nance) Act. Pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Jus­tice JCR Field­e­send told Moyo that the pos­ses­sion of grenades was a “most se­ri­ous of­fence”.

He added: “Just how se­ri­ous it is many peo­ple don’t seem to re­alise. I hope this sen­tence will serve as a warn­ing to them”. An African, whose name is be­ing with­held at the re­quest of the po­lice, told the court that he was given a quan­tity of ex­plo­sives, which in­cluded six hand grenades by an­other man in 1965. He was told to “look af­ter them”.

The man, presently serv­ing a seven-year term for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons said he buried the ex­plo­sives near his home. Some time later he was in­tro­duced to the ac­cused. In March of this year, Moyo came to his house and asked for two grenades. Moyo told him he had two men who were pre­pared to use the grenades to “dis­turb” a meet­ing at which Mr Smith was speak­ing. De­tec­tive Sec­tion Of­fi­cer, Lawrence A Ib­bitt, said that in a state­ment made af­ter their ar­rest Moyo ad­mit­ted be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the grenades.

Moyo told him: “I was in­structed by the chair­man to go round the branches to try and get 10 men who had enough courage to act on Satur­day,” (the night Mr Smith was due to at­tend the meet­ing).

In court, Moyo de­nied all knowl­edge of the of­fence. He said he was at his kraal in the Es­sex­vale area dur­ing the week­end he was al­leged to have been given the grenades.

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