Mugabe dairy bomb: Suspect implicates army intelligence

2016-02-23 15:45

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Harare - A Zimbabwean military spy suspected of plotting to bomb President Robert Mugabe's Alpha Omega dairy farm in Mazowe has implicated the country's army intelligence in the foiled operation, reports said on Tuesday.

According to New Zimbabwe, intelligence officer Borman Ngwenya, who is facing charges of attempted bombing, claimed that the failed attack was a military operation.

Ngwenya told the court last week that he often had informed his military bosses about the operations.

Ngwenya is one of four men who were arrested on charges of plotting to bomb Mugabe's dairy farm outside Harare last month.

Reports claimed that the four men were members of a "fringe political party" called the Zimbabwe People's Front (ZPF).

The leader of the party, Owen Kuchata, recently pleaded guilty to the charges and was slapped with a nine-year jail sentence.

Ngwenya's claims came barely a week after Zimbabwe's military intelligence launched an urgent application to bar media from covering the trial.

The High Court reportedly ruled in favour of the military bosses.

However, last week, presiding Magistrate Douglas Vakai Chikwekwe overturned the ruling, saying that the High Court was attempting to interfere with his court proceedings.

Meanwhile, according to  NewsDay, Ngwenya would be given access to all the documents that would prove military involvement in the failed bombing.

Harare Magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni said the accused was facing serious charges and that, if found guilty, he could be jailed for life.  

The trial would resume on March 7.

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