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Journalists refuse to testify against Mugabe bombing

20/09/2017 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
 
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JOURNALISTS have objected to testifying against four politicians charged with attempting to bomb the First Family’s Gushungo Dairy farm.

The journalists, Mlondolozi Ndlovu, Harare Media Centre Director Ernest Mudzengi and freelance scribe Malvin Mkudu, had been summoned to testify against Owen Kuchata, Boreman Ngwenya Solomon Makumbe and Silas Pfupa are accused of trying to dislodge President Robert Mugabe.

Their lawyer Chris Mhike, who was assigned by the Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), told reporters in Harare Monday that Justice Tawanda Chitapi had accepted that journalists should not testify against their sources.

“We made indications to the court that the three journalists have professional reasons not to testify,” he said.

“The details for the objections will be submitted to the courts at the appropriate and the state indicated that at this stage will dispense with whole other issues before we objections of the journalists and the judge accepted the request of our journalists to be excused and their objections to be submitted at a later date,” said Mhike.

Advocate Chris Mhike said it was unconstitutional for journalists to testify in court as witnesses against their news sources.

The accused include two soldiers Solomon Makumbe (29), attached to 1 Field Regiment, and Silas Pfupa (37) of the Zimbabwe Intelligence Corps.

The State alleges the quartet established a militia base in Mapinga, Mashonaland West province, where they planned to train people to topple Mugabe.

It is also alleged that on January 1 and 2 this year; the conspirators went to Kutama, Zvimba district, where they conducted surveillance of Mugabe’s rural homestead with a view to planning his ouster.

On several occasions, it is further claimed, the group met at Queens Hotel in the capital where they plotted banditry and insurgency activities with a view to topple Mugabe.

The quartet was remanded in custody to February 16 and advised to apply for bail at the High Court



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