2 men petrol-bomb ambassador’s house

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HARARE – Two Harare men petrol bombed Zimbabwean ambassador to Botswana Thomas Mandigora’s Old Highfield residence for failing to invite them to his party, a magistrate has heard.

Richard Boroma Kwedyo, 57, and Marlon Tunga Chibwana, 27, yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo facing five counts of attempted murder.

They were remanded in custody to November 7 and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that Kwedyo and Chibwana together with their accomplice Miseck Njumbani connived to petrol bomb stand number 3155 Jabavu Drive, Old Highfield on October 18 this year.

It is alleged that the pair was angry that Mandigora was not inviting them to parties he held annually at his house.

They allegedly met at the house of Kwedyo, who allegedly supplied beer bottles, sand, pebbles and wicks while Chibwana provided four litres of petrol.

Njumbani allegedly used the materials to manufacture two petrol bombs.

The court heard on the day in question, Njumbani confronted the ambassador’s caretaker Edmore Karipi and asked why they were not invited to the parties.

He also asked Karipi what he would do if their house caught fire.

The following day Kwedyo and Chibwana allegedly took turns to hurl the petrol bombs at Mandigora’s house, intending to set it ablaze.

Mandigora woke up and alerted other occupants about the fire which had started on the driveway, near his Mercedes Benz.

The occupants managed to put out the fire.

Chakurira told the court that Mandigora realised that the petrol bombs were made of Heineken, Castle lite and Hunters gold beer bottles.

Kwedyo and Chibwana were subsequently arrested at their place of residence.

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