Gushungo Dairy bombing: SAZ official testifies

Molotov cocktailTendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
AN OFFICIAL from the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, who examined petrol bombs that were meant to bomb the First Family’s Alpha Omega Dairy in Mazowe, yesterday said the “Molotov cocktails” could have caused serious damage to the property had they been ignited.

This emerged during the trial of Borman Ngwenya accused of possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering.

Frank Chipendo, a quality assurance officer at SAZ, said the Molotov cocktails (bombs), which were in 750ml brandy bottles were made of petrol, ammonium nitrate, nails and sand.

Mr Chipendo told the court that if the accused persons had used the correct ratio of the fertiliser and petrol, the bombs were going to be lethal.

“Your Worship, if they had used the correct ratio of 94 percent of ammonium nitrate and 6 percent of petrol, the impact and effect was going to be more dangerous.

“ . . . but whether they used the correct ratio or not, the fact that there was a mixture of petrol, sand and fertiliser, if ignited, the fertiliser bombs were still going to explode. However, we did not test the extent of the damage,” he said.

He said such bombs were mainly used in the mining industry.

Ngwenya and his alleged accomplices Owen Kuchata, Silas Pfupa and Solomon Makumbe also targeted the Chinese Embassy in Harare and President Mugabe’s rural home in Ku- tama.

The revelations came out of a video filmed while Ngwenya, a soldier, was making indications to police.

The video was played in court.

In the video, Ngwenya is seen leading the police to the Chinese Embassy and revealing how they intended to bomb the offices. They proceeded to President Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba and stopped by a pigsty.

Ngwenya told the police that they had visited the place before for surveillance.

They wanted to poison the pigs.

Regional magistrate Ms Fadzai Mthombeni deferred the matter to tomorrow when the investigating officer is expected to testify.

They are also facing treason charges.

Mr Michael Reza prosecuted.

Ngwenya was represented by Mr Exactly Mangezi.

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  • Clueless

    It appears the Herald reporter is (deliberately?) omitting plenty of details disclosed by investigating Detector Inspector Morgan Chafa when cross-examined over the case. Namely alleged plans to poison Mugabe’s pigs and bomb the Chinese Embassy with visits to Mugabe’s Zvimba home and Chinese Embassy were totally irrelevant to charges faced by MI officer Borman Ngwenya, and that Ngwenya was on duty when he committed the alleged offence. Also SAZ officer Franklin Chindeo never tested the Molotov cocktails to see if they could even work and only speculated on their effectiveness.

    • mbandaka bolomba

      As said before this cheap politics at play at the expense of national security can not go unchallenged .The Director of military intelligence asked that this case should not be covered by the media .He himself as the security expert was dismissed by an overzealous magistrate who wants to present a good face because the case involves the first family .When Tomana was briefed of the facts underground he has to make the decision accordingly putting into consideration the security of the nation .We hear of the said Major Mashava but he is never called to testify.The experience of our nation is really waning away living the inexperienced doing blunders that would cost generations

  • mbandaka bolomba

    So when we write about Zimpapers reporter s irresponsible and careless reporting you don’t publish .The reporting of Tendai Rupapa on this issue puts the nation into disaster ,why then are you not publishing our condemnation to a reporter that puts our nation at such a great risk ,

    • boutros

      The reporter is not to blame. The Editor takes responsibility because he/she read and approved the report for editing