Chinese national freed after fire arms rap

HARARE - A Harare magistrate yesterday granted $2 000 bail to a Chinese national who is being charged of contravening the Fire Arms Act.

Magistrate Donald Ndirowei ordered Wencai Huo, 51, to also deposit $100 000 surety before his release.

Huo, who is the proprietor of Lebanmon Investments, was reportedly found with 33 000 rounds of ammunition at his Msasa offices in Harare.

He is also facing charges of contravening the Gold Trade Act and Wildlife Act.

The complainant is the State, represented by detective chief inspector Zvidzai.

He opposed bail on the basis that Huo’s release would threaten state security.

“The amount of ammunition involved is a cause for concern if left unchecked,” he said.

“Very soon we will find Boko Haram operating in the country.

“We also need to establish whether these fire arms were not used in committing any offences prior to their recovery.

“The origin of the ammunition is also a cause for concern.”

Huo’s lawyer Deepak Mehta argued that, the State’s fears that Huo would flee before his trial were misplaced because the Chinese national has invested locally and cannot run away from his money.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleged that on July 22, police officers carried out routine checks at Huo’s residence.

They wanted to ascertain if he was compliant with the country’s mining regulations.

The police details recovered 1146 x 7,62mm and 29 934 x 7,65mm rounds of ammunition.

They also discovered 323 x 12-bore rounds of ammunition, 20 by 9 x18mm rounds of ammunition and 1x243mm rounds of live ammunition.

During the search, police also found two bars of suspected gold bullion, one cone of suspected bullion, two small pieces of suspected smelted gold buttons and gold granules as well as 32 pieces of Chinese chess ivory.

It is the State’s case that Hou was reportedly in possession of three unregistered firearms, a CZ pistol and two FN Browning shotguns.

Comments (7)

Aaah thxse, haiwavo, saka ndiye wandakaona kuCourt ndikafunga kuti avinga nyaya yemaEversharp efeki.

Fairtalk - 29 July 2014

It was ever going to go one way...we said it from the onset, why waste money (which is in short supply anywhere) arresting this guy and pretending to prosecute when the outcome is known. You should have just paid him compensation for even asking him about the gun and begged him not to report you to his president & new emperor of Zimbabwe Xi Jinping .

Lt General - 29 July 2014

Can we continue to look East? Will they not shoot us on the forehead?

Bhora Mberi - 29 July 2014

Noone wants to answer the question as to how this huge amount of ammunition got into our country. This ammunition is enough to arm 220 sldiers and send them to battle. Are we safe, and where is our border and airport security?

machakachaka - 30 July 2014

Lets stop this abuse of our esrtwhile citizens from the eastern Province.

Mukanya - 30 July 2014

my license allows me to buy 50 rounds of ammunition per year apa mumwe munhu ane 30 thaza. ari kuenda kuhondo ipiko munhu uyu.

ndozvo - 30 July 2014

Chinese were invited by Bob to plunder this country. The sooner we show Bob the door, the more we salvage from the chinese mafia!

Tongogara - 30 July 2014

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