HARARE – High Court judge Felistas Chatukuta has released eight suspected robbers, who allegedly worked with the late Boris Mushonga.
Tatenda Tavhira, 23, Lazarus Jimu, 23, Maxwell Mushongera, 22, Chamunorwa Machingauta, 27, Rodney Akende, 37, Rodwell Undi, 33, Bernard Kaitano, 31, and Mugove Chikukwe, 25, were each released on $50 bail.
They had approached the High Court seeking release after Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo denied them bail.
The eight, who were believed to be on the police wanted list, were all arrested at Mushonga’s funeral wake in Mbare on October 21, 2013.
They were asked to surrender their passports as part of their bail conditions.
Their lawyer Simon Chivizhe told the court the eight were arrested at a funeral wake, but there were no complainants who could identify them as the perpetrators of the offences levelled against them.
Chivizhe said police had failed to find anything linking them to the commission of the offence
The State alleges that Tavhira, Jimu, Mushongera and Machingauta robbed Takudzwa Fusira after offering him a lift from Eastlea into the city centre on July 8 this year.
The four were driving an unregistered white Toyota Fun Cargo, the court heard.
They reportedly drove towards the city centre and when they arrived at East 24 Restaurant along Samora Machel, the court heard one of the accused told Fusira that he had boarded a robbers’ car before the others searched him, taking his Nokia 1208 and $70.
Fusira was allegedly dumped, before they four sped off.
He reported the matter to the police and on October 21 detectives received a tip off that the accused persons were attending Mushonga’s funeral, leading to their arrest in Mbare.
The court was told that on July 26 this year, Solomon Munjaranji was standing along Second Street extension in Harare looking for transport to go to Hatcliffe.
Akende, Undi, Kaitano and Chikukwe, who were driving a black Toyota Raum without number plates, offered Munjaranji a lift.
It is the State’s case that they seized a Sony Ericsson cell phone, digital camera, pair of Adidas shoes and $180 from Munjaranji before ditching him.