Nyore Madzianike Senior Court Reporter
A man of questionable sanity yesterday appeared in court on allegations of attempting to disarm a security guard at Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s house in Harare after he claimed the house belonged to his uncle, the late former President Robert Mugabe and made other dubious statements.
The man was remanded in custody for psychiatric evaluation.
Sani Munyaradzi Musena was not asked to plead to attempted robbery when he appeared before magistrate Mrs Tafadzwa Miti, who remanded him in custody to January 7.
Prosecutor Mr Anesu Chirenje opposed bail saying Musena was likely to go back to the Vice President’s residence as he thought he had a right to do so.
The State had overwhelming evidence against Musena, as he was apprehended while actually wrestling with the security personnel in front of witnesses and was of no fixed abode.
Asked to respond to the State’s assertions, Musena told the court that the house where he was arrested belonged to his uncle, the late former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
“I was just walking and I stay at White House in (Borrowdale) Brooke. It is my uncle R. G. Mugabe’s house,” he said.
His sentiments coupled with failure to appreciate court proceedings prompted the State to apply for Musena to be examined by two doctors under the Mental Health Act. Mrs Miti granted the State’s application and ordered Musena to be examined by two Government doctors to ascertain his mental status.
It is said that on December 18 Musena went to Borrowdale where Tinashe Mandaza, a soldier attached to Presidential Guard was on duty at Vice President Chiwenga’s residence.
The court heard that while Mandaza was doing his routine perimeter checks outside the yard armed with an AK47 assault rifle, he spotted Musena walking along Hellensvale Drive towards the Vice President’s house.
It is alleged that Musena then suddenly stopped at the middle of the road, prompting Mandaza to call him and ask him to move on.
Instead, Musena leant against the precast wall to the Vice President’s house.
Mandaza then asked Musena what he wanted and in response said he wanted a cigarette. Mandaza then asked him to leave but Musena refused and then scuffled with Mandaza trying to disarm him. Using minimum force, Mandza called for reinforcement, which resulted in Musena being arrested without anyone being hurt.