Dzamara robbery trial in September

HARARE - Trial has been set for September 26 in the robbery case of Patson Dzamara — brother to missing activist Itai.

Dzamara is jointly charged with Oliver Chikumba, 32, Tatenda Mombeyarara, 33, Pride Mukono, 26, and Makomborero Haruzivishe, 33, on two counts of robbery and defeating the course of justice.

The accused allegedly stole three ladies school uniforms, red jersey, pair of trousers, jean skirt and a wallet with $30 while the other complainant lost three school jerseys and one floral dress.

Dzamara and his accomplices were arrested during a demonstration code named #Occupy Africa Unity Square in which they registered their displeasure with President Robert Mugabe leadership.

In the previous court hearing, Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe had ordered the State to instigate private investigations into the alleged attempted abduction of Dzamara.

However, prosecutor Peter Kachirika yesterday informed the court that they had not the report yet.

Dzamara argues that the robbery charges were pressed after a failed abduction.

His lawyer, Obey Shava, made sensational claims that police had made a foiled attempt to abduct Dzamara and Haruzivishe on the midnight of June 8.

He named one detective assistant inspector Chafa from CID Law and Order as the core perpetrator of the abduction.

“The accused persons were assaulted by the police but before the torture there was an aborted attempt to abduct them carried out by the police,” said Shava.

“They were occupying Africa Unity Square protesting the mismanagement of the economy. From the first day police threatened the accused persons in a bid to discourage them but they continued,” he said.

“On the night in question an unmarked vehicle arrived at the scene driven by detective assistant inspector Chafa who then ordered two men that were dressed in plain clothes to drag Dzamara and Haruzivishe into his car but they resisted.”

Kachirika alleged that on June 9 around midnight the two complainants disembarked from a commuter omnibus at Fourth Street bus terminus.

They passed through Africa Unity Square on their way to Copacabana bus terminus to get transport to Mufakose.

Dzamara and his accomplices then confronted the complainants and snatched their handbags before searching them.

When the complainants screamed for help, three police officers who were on duty near Parliament rushed to the scene.

The accused persons resisted arrest and took away constable Nhidza’s cap and button stick while dragging him to a silver Honda Fit along Jason Moyo Avenue.

Dzamara and his accomplices were later arrested and police recovered the stolen property valued $80.

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