Prosecutor-General’s trial date set

Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
The trial date of Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana, accused of releasing two suspects linked to an alleged attempt to petrol-bomb the First Family’s Alpha Omega Dairy, has been set for April 27.

Tomana, who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office, or alternatively defeating the course of justice had his bail conditions eased by magistrate Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe.

Through his lawyer, Mr Tazorora Musarurwa, Tomana made an application for relaxation of reporting conditions.

Tomana, who is on $1 000 bail, has been reporting thrice a week to CID Law and Order section.

Mr Chikwekwe yesterday altered the reporting conditions to once a week.

Prosecutor Mr Timothy Makoni was not opposed to the application.

It is the State’s case that Solomon Makumbe, Silas Pfupa, Owen Kuchata and Borman Ngwenya were arrested for possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering for terrorism purposes.

On January 25, their request for remand placement forms were taken to the National Prosecuting Authority where Mrs Ziyambi, Mr Mutsonziwa, chief law officers Michael Mugabe and Chris Mutangadura went through the documents and gave the green light for the four to be placed on remand.

The quartet was taken to court for initial remand and was remanded in custody. On January 29, the State alleged Tomana, knowing full well that police investigations were still in their infancy and without having sight of a complete docket, directed the withdrawal of charges before plea against two of the accused — Makumbe and Pfupa.

The two were thus released from remand.

It is alleged that Tomana unilaterally suggested that the two be treated as witnesses, which was contrary to the evidence at hand, which is linking them to the offence, the court heard.

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