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Two more soldiers up for Chiwenga farm theft

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Tarisai Machakaire

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

machakairet@dailynews.co.zw

TWO more soldiers appeared in court yesterday in connection with the $1,6 million property theft at Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s Orchid Gardens farm in Domboshava.

Simon Nyakabanga, 25, and Anesu Munyuki, 28, were allegedly implicated by their accomplices Mind Makona, 32, a security guard Tempsen Dhauramanzi, 30, and Paul Pius Ndlovu, 30, who are attached to 1 Presidential Guard and one Edmore Huni, 51, who have already appeared in court on the same charges.

Their bail ruling will be delivered tomorrow.

The complainant is Orchid Gardens represented by Enerst Sazunza, a
Zimbabwe National Army staff sergeant.

Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti alleged that on February 10, Makona,
Dhauramanzi and Ndlovu reported for duty at Orchid Gardens and secured
the property before leaving for different positions where they had
been deployed.

It was alleged that the following morning while doing perimeter
checks, Ndlovu discovered that a 10 000-litre tank had been stolen and
a case was opened at Borrowdale Police Station.

However, investigations led to Makona’s arrest and searches done in
his room at Orchid Gardens led to the recovery of three tablecloths
and he implicated Dhauramanzi and Ndlovu as his accomplices.

Follow-ups were made leading to Dhauramanzi and Ndlovu’s arrest and
the recovery of 10 bags of cement, 15 metres of floor carpets, four
sewing machines, satchels and plastic chairs which were being kept at
Huni’s residence.

The court heard more household and kitchen utensils were recovered at
Makona’s girlfriend, Nomatter Sithole’s residence.

Following their arrest the quartet then implicated Nyakabanga and
Munyuki as the ones who had stolen the 10 000-litre water tank.

Sazunza was invited to the police station and positively identified
the property.

The total value of stolen valuables was $1 620 000 and goods worth
$650 000 were recovered.

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