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Sun Jun 26 17:21:55 SAST 2016

Men accused of plotting to bomb Mugabe's farm to face treason charges

Agency Staff | 03 February, 2016 12:35
Two of the four suspects accused of attempting to bomb Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's dairy farm are escorted by policemen as they arrive at the Harare Magistrates court. File photo
Image by: PHILIMON BULAWAYO / REUTERS

Four men accused of plotting to petrol bomb President Robert Mugabe's dairy farm in central Zimbabwe are now going to be charged with a more serious charge of treason, reports said on Wednesday.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the four suspects - leader of opposition party the Zimbabwe People’s Front (ZPF) Owen Kuchata, 34, a corporal in the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Borman Ngwenya, 30, Solomon Makumbe, 29, and a former soldier, Silas Pfupa, 37, were previously charged with illegal possession of weaponry, sabotage, money laundering and terrorism. However, overwhelming evidence against them, led to the charge being charged to treason.

The report revealed that evidence before the Harare magistrates court showed that the four men had opened a militia camp where they intended to train, plan and commit terror acts against Mugabe's regime, which they are accusing of unjustly reigning over Zimbabweans.

Reports last week indicated that the four men allegedly planned to detonate four petrol bombs at the Gushungo Dairy processing plant in Mazoe.

They were allegedly found in possession of four 750ml brandy bottles containing petrol, ammonium nitrate, nails, and sand.

Mugabe and his wife Grace own the multi-million-dollar dairy and processing plant where they produce milk, ice cream, chocolate and other products.

Source: News 24

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