MDC official charged over Highfield 'bombing'

HARARE - James Chidhakwa, an MDC official who was arrested last Friday over the bombing of the Zanu PF Machipisa offices in Harare, will today appear before a magistrate, his lawyer has confirmed.

Chidhakwa’s lawyer Denford Halimani yesterday told the Daily News that his client was facing aggravated malicious damage to property charges.

He said Chidhakwa was arrested on Friday, before being released late Saturday afternoon after communication that he will appear in court today.

Two weeks ago, another 40-year-old Highfield man Collins Chisunga appeared before the Harare Magistrates’ Court on the same charges.

Magistrate Elijah Makomo remanded Chisunga in custody, before instructing him to apply for bail at the High Court.

Halimani said Chidhakwa will be jointly charged with Chisunga.

The State alleges that Chisunga was heard claiming that he committed the offence intentionally.

It is the State’s case that on September 28 Chisunga and his accomplices, some still at large, went to Zanu PF Machipisa offices where they allegedly set the place on fire using unknown implements.

The fire destroyed office furniture and other items including a gas cooker.

According to State papers, the fire spread to Grocery World Supermarket, which is adjacent to the offices.

The fire gutted various foodstuffs among them cartons of cooking oil and electrical appliances.

It is further alleged that the fire further destroyed walls of the building, leading to the collapse of corrugated iron roofing sheets.

The court heard that police arrested Chisunga on September 29, after he was allegedly heard shouting “Takabva kuSouth

Africa, Hamuna zvamunotiita Jongwe neZanu PF office Machipisa takapedza nemi kare.”

Comments (4)

It seems the guys who are doing th investigation are totally illiterate and they are under pressure from Zanu pf to find the answer to this bombing . Truly they can't keep on persecuting someone for jokingly saying some of this statements , it seems we do not hv intelligent investigators in our police force , Zanu pf they need to pour some Obamas to train our police force to do proper job not crucifying the citizens for this country for petty statements . Even my grandmother in Mberengwa who is 80 years ,if she can say the same statements definetly she will be arrested with this border Gezi officers . ZANU PF regai kushungurudza vanhu mhani munondigumbura vanhu tofarirepi munyika yababa zvokwadi

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 14 October 2013

Komichi is rotting in jail for reporting that he had picked up ballot papers in a bin. We know that none of these guys are guilty of what they are being accused of but my question is why do people put themselves into the jaws of crocodiles when they could just shut their mouths and do the talking in the ballot boxes. Zanu ndeyeropa......plain and simple.

Isidore Mutungagore - 15 October 2013

Why is it the ZANU PF police always arrests MDC T officials for everything that gets bombed in Harare or in Zimbabwe? MDC T has not got any bombs, but the ZANU PF peole are the freedom fighters who have used petrol bombs from time memorial. ZANU PF bombed their Highfield office, it is an inside job everybody knows this.

Not Guilty - 15 October 2013

Why is it that the ZANU PF police always arrests MDC T officials for everything that gets petrol bombed in Harare or Zimbabwe? MDC T has not got any bombs.This was a planned subbottage by ZANU PF of Highfields, in order to get an MDC T official to get arrested so that they ZANU PF weaken MDC T by getting a lot of MDC T officials into prison to persecute them. It is a known fact that it is ZANU PF people who use petrol bombs from time memorial. The bombing of the Highfields office is an inside job by ZANU PF people and everybody knows this.

Noy Guilty - 15 October 2013

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