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President’s nephews face robbery charges

Two nephews of President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe are facing charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.

TheCornet gathered from local media that the two were arraigned in court on Saturday.

They are Tawanda Munangagwa, 36, a squadron leader in the Air Force of Zimbabwe at Manyame, and Vengai Munangagwa, 45, who is alleged to be a Central Intelligence Organisation spy.

The two suspects were not allowed to take their pleas upon their arraignment.

A magistrate before whom they were arraigned ordered the defendants be remanded in custody while advising them to apply for bail at the High Court.

The prosecution George Manokore told the court that police got information that the two brothers were planning to commit armed robbery at 5 Overlaw Farm in Kadoma.

“On April 14, police detectives got on the tail of the two men as they drove in a white Nissan Hardbody along Samora Machel Avenue.

“When they noticed they were being followed, Vengai allegedly drove at high speed on the Bulawayo highway leading to a high-speed chase.

“They were arrested at a roadblock in Norton and a search of the vehicle turned up an AK47 rifle loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

“Police also recovered a Tokarev pistol during a search of Tawanda’s home at 21 Retreat Farm in Waterfalls on April 15.

“He allegedly told police the gun which was hidden between a mattress and base of a bed belonged to Vengai,” the prosecutor said.

The case was adjourned till April 29 for further hearing.

 

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