Gomwe denied bail, remanded to June 17

HARARE - Godwin Gomwe, Zanu PF’s Harare youth league chairperson, will further languish in remand prison after a magistrate denied him bail yesterday on charges of abusing First Lady Grace Mugabe’s name in an alleged extortion racket.

Gomwe is jointly charged with Muchineripi Mupindu, Hamphrey Madenyika, Norah Toronga, Fidelis Ndaradza, Haruwandi Munyawiri and Josephine Hadziyendi.

They were remanded to June 17.

They face allegations of extorting $46 200 from home-seekers.

Provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe concurred with the State arguments that Gomwe and his accomplices had a record of contempt of court and could skip trial if freed on bail.

“A person who is prepared to defy a high court order will most likely do the same if it is a lower court," Chikwekwe said.

“I am convinced that the accused persons can abscond and not stand trial if released.

“Further to that, there is a string of references of cases that are held at different police stations where the accused persons were involved. The cases are a reflection of a ticking time bomb that ought to be curtailed from exploding.”

Chikwekwe was convinced that Gomwe tried to interfere with the investigating officer by arranging a private meeting.

He said hearsay evidence was admissible in bail applications and it was possible that Gomwe was suicidal as alleged by the State.

“There is a possibility that the first accused person was up to some mischief”, Chikwekwe said.

“The State cannot be blamed for presenting evidence that he was found in possession of a pistol and rat poison.”

Reza had brought a pistol and rat poison to court which was recovered by police from Gomwe while allegedly trying to commit suicide.

Gomwe was represented by John Ndomene while his co-accused is represented by Rungano Mahuni.

Both lawyers claimed there was a smear campaign against their clients.

Prosecutor Michael Reza alleged that Gomwe chaired a meeting in February and instructed complainants to sign-up to an unregistered consortium in the name of Dr Amai Grace Mugabe Consortium.

Gomwe allegedly instructed each cooperative to pay $120 joining fees.

After paying the money, they would be issued with receipts letter headed Amai Dr Grace Mugabe Consortium.

The complainants thought they were able to work on the land but were surprised when Moses Handisen came to the site demanding more money from them.

Comments (14)

A good lesson for zanu pf youths....kana vapedza kukushandisai vanogona kungokusvipai anytime. Just to show that this Gomwe guy is a nobody mu zanu, kushandiswa bedzi. Kune vakawanda mu zanu vane nyaya dzakakura chaizvo asi dzinongopera zvakadaro, so a good lesson to all you zanu youths that if you think you can just do as wish muchifunga kuti hapana zvamunoitwa hezvoko!! You ship is sinking slowly, it's now one man for himself!!

redemption - 4 June 2015

Low must take its position, Gomwe didnt get a lesson from Jim Kunaka guys dont eat mari dzevanhu especially when things are tough like this plz vemitemo itai basa renyu hatidi kunyangadzirwa amai vedu venyika

fireman - 4 June 2015

vanagomwe zanu chiororo

chidhura - 4 June 2015

Vafana ava havanzwe, imbavha chaidzo. Musangano unozviziva. Chaingodikanwa imbavha dzine zviwindi zvokuponda vanhu veMDC. Jim Kunaka nechipangano chake hamuvazive here. Chokwadi mungapa munhu angadai kadhi remusangano musina chinangwa chokuponda? Mirai muone kubuda kuchaita nyaya dzawo dzouhori MDC ikaramba ichi boycotta ma elections. They would have over lived their relevance. Zanu chiwororo. Jim Kunaka akawororwa zvino yava nguva yaGomwe

Fidel Castro - 4 June 2015

If you are looking for "BIG THUGS" in Zanu pf ask Cde Commissar first. The works of Zanu pf, Just like that Gomwe is finished. Not so long ago Gomwe was singing his lungs out removing provincial leaderships and a VP in the process and of course in the name of 1st lady. The same 1st Lady name has taken him down. Atonyura blaz uyu in a blink of an eye. Zanu pf maOne.

X-MAN IV - 4 June 2015

The rat poison should continue killing rats that is to say, ZANU PF disciplinary Committee should continue to dislodge unscrupulous elements within the party.

Divha - 5 June 2015

gomwe is the one who went to bob and said baba, joice wants you dead. you see mfana, what goes around, comes around. are u also wanted for rape. wamama

dewa - 5 June 2015

Ana Gomwe should just go back to school and listen to mature informative music like Tuku's lyrics - "Vanotadza kusvikira vakasuzumira, vagokuita tsvimbo yehorikotyo. Heeee, unangwarira......"

Mhofu Chaiyo - 5 June 2015

Please investigate youths in Saturday retreat farm aka Ushewekunze cooperative just after Boka Tobacco auction floors.Gomwe is not the only one. Youths there have virtually become rich over night,driving fancy cars all from the sale of stands and seems like they own this part of the land!! Charles &Tinashe saungweme are the leading barons there

Cooperativemember - 12 June 2015

The law must take its course. Such actions by people in positions of trust not only tarnish the image of the wrongdoers but the country at large. Leaders must be exemplary & such behaviour can not be tolerated. No one is above the law whether a politician or Christian. We urge the courts to punish such people severely to instil fear and eventually eradicate would be offenders.

wchirare - 17 June 2015

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