Fake state security agent gets 16 years in jail for attempting to assassinate Zim leader – reports

2018-11-01 14:37
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (File,AFP)

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa (File,AFP)

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An armed fake state security agent, who breached President Emmerson Mnangagwa's close security on two occasions last year using a fake secret police security clearance at state functions, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

According to Daily News, the self-styled prophet, Gathry Chiredzero, was found guilty on all charges against him.

Harare magistrate Yeukai Chigodore sentenced Chiredzero to five years for possessing an offensive weapon at a public gathering, 5 years for impersonating a public official, 4 years for driving without a licence, 1 year for possessing articles for criminal purpose and 1 year for forgery.

Passing judgment Chigodore said the state had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt as its witnesses gave compelling evidence against the convicted Chiredzero.

However, according to New Zimbabwe.com, Chiredzero would only serve 12 and half years in jail after the magistrate suspended the remainder of his sentence.

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The convicted fake state security agent’s wife wept when the magistrate passed down his sentence, said the report.

Chiredzero breached Mnangagwa’s security detail on December 4 using a fake identity card to impersonate a state agent, and then controlled the crowd during the cabinet swearing in ceremony at the state house.

He again used the same modus operandi during the renaming ceremony of the King George V barracks to Josiah Magamba Tongogara on December 6.

Both ceremonies were presided over by Mnangagwa.

He was, however, discovered by an "alert" military officer when Chiredzero tried to gain access near the podium where Mnangagwa was addressing the renaming gathering.

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