Nkomo fam­ily guard ‘mur­derer’ ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

PO­LICE have ar­rested a man sus­pected to have killed a se­cu­rity guard em­ployed by the fam­ily of the late Vice Pres­i­dent Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo in Bulawayo.

A neigh­bour found the body of Yowane Ngwenya (24) at Gran­ite Site near Mqabuko Heights on Satur­day.

Al­le­ga­tions are that Ngo­nidza­she Mu­tasa (24), an un­li­censed driver, ran over Ngwenya as he at­tempted to flee af­ter be­ing caught steal­ing sand.

Bulawayo Mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya yes­ter­day did not ask Mu­tasa to plead to a mur­der charge and re­manded him in cus­tody to De­cem­ber 7.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Liane Nkomo told the court that on Fri­day last week, Mu­tasa went to Gran­ite Site where he poached sand.

“Ac­cused was spot­ted by the now de­ceased steal­ing sand and load­ing it onto his truck. The now de­ceased tried to ap­pre­hend the ac­cused but he jumped into his truck. He started the en­gine and the now de­ceased tried to block the truck by putting stones on the road,” said Miss Nkomo.

She said Mu­tasa in­ten­tion­ally ran over Ngwenya and sped off. He was ar­rested on Mon­day. “Ev­i­dence be­fore this court link­ing ac­cused to the of­fence is that ac­cused con­fessed to com­mit­ting the of­fence. There were wit­nesses present and the truck that ac­cused was driv­ing was re­cov­ered and is be­ing held as an ex­hibit,” said Miss Nkomo.

The State op­posed bail on the ba­sis that the of­fence Mu­tasa com­mit­ted is cap­i­tal and if con­victed he may be sen­tenced to a lengthy jail term.

“The grav­ity of his of­fence may cause him to ab­scond trial. There is also a risk that ac­cused may in­ter­fere with State wit­nesses since most of them are his em­ploy­ees. Ac­cused per­son is not gain­fully em­ployed, he sur­vives on sand poaching which may trig­ger com­mis­sion of a sim­i­lar of­fence,” said Miss Nkomo. — @tan­nytkay

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