Trio up for stealing Chatunga's phone

HARARE - Three men suspected of stealing a cell phone from President Robert Mugabe’s son Bellarmine Chatunga appeared in court yesterday.

The iPhone 6 phone has been recovered, and Victor Josam, 26, of Western Triangle in Harare, Tendai Makambaire, 30, of Budiriro 2 and Kelvin Mwandayi, 27, of Stoneridge, have been arraigned before Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe on a charge of theft and larceny.

They were released on $100 bail each and ordered to continue residing at their given addresses.

Prosecutor Venacia Mutake initially opposed bail on the basis that the three men were facing a serious offence and were likely to skip bail because they faced a prison term.

But the magistrate said: “If bail can be granted in cases of treason and murder, what more a case of cellphone theft? The State has not presented cogent reasons for opposing the accused persons’ right to bail.”

The trio alleged that they were all victims of circumstance since each of them handled the cell phone after buying it from their accomplices.

According to State papers, Josam, Makambaire, Mwandayi and another accused person who is still at large, hatched a plan to steal from students during a function at St John’s College.

The trio allegedly targeted Chatunga after noticing that he had an iPhone 6 Plus, the State claims.

Chatunga and his friend Honour Mukudzei Rwodzi left for the gents.

When they arrived at the toilets, Chatunga gave Rwodzi the phone while he went inside.

The court heard that Josam and his accomplices then approached Rwodzi and misrepresented to him that they had been instructed by Chatunga to get the iPhone.

Rwodzi was convinced by the accused persons and gave them Chatunga’s phone, the court heard.

Josam and his accomplices disappeared into the crowd.

The matter was reported to the police before a follow-up was made, leading to the accused persons’ arrest.

Comments (7)

Is this newsworthy? Just asking!! And a high school student with an iphone worth 1 500 dollars! Some animals are more equal than others indeed. These culprits will be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Waniwa - 16 February 2016

The Zimbabwe economy is plummating on a daily basis and a serious famine is looming....These are just but a few of the newsworthy items to talk about instead of telling us about Chatunga's iphones.This has nothing to do with the ordinary public.WE WANT FOOD ON OUR TABLES.

Ngwarai - 16 February 2016

I phone worth $1 500.........high school student nxaa some animals are more equal than others shoo Waniwa

gnomic - 16 February 2016

This is news worthy, we want to know about these thieves. They still want to rule skeletons people who are dying from hunger.....only god knows. How many people can this cellphone's worth feed????? pakaipa

dollarman - 16 February 2016

its a cooked up story, how can one release an expensive phone to complete strangers????

elnino mcdread - 17 February 2016

its a cooked up story, how can one release an expensive phone to complete strangers????

elnino mcdread - 17 February 2016

chatunga haana ma guards here ? do these schools allow children to have phones on school premises ?

funni - 18 February 2016

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