3 December 2009

Zimbabwe: MDC-T Manager Denied Bail

Harare — MDC-T transport manager Pasco Gwezere, accused of stealing 21 guns from the Pomona army barracks, remains in custody after the State successfully applied for leave to challenge his release on bail in the Supreme Court.

Gwezere, who works at the MDC-T headquarters at Harvest House in Harare, was granted US$500 bail by the High Court a fortnight ago but the decision was temporarily set aside after chief law officer Mr Michael Mugabe notified the court of the State's intention to appeal.

Justice Charles Hungwe last week granted the Attorney-General 's Office the green light to approach the Supreme Court to contest Gwezere's granting of bail.

This means the prosecution will file its application, in which they are seeking to quash the High Court's decision, in the Constitutional Court. Gwezere was last month remanded at the Harare Magistrates' Court and is yet to be furnished with a trial date. It is alleged that he teamed up with one Getrude and soldiers -- who were still at large -- to break into the armoury at One Engineers Support Regiment in Pomona on October 20.

The State alleges that they used a bolt cutter on the hinges of a screen door before using an iron bar to gain entry into the building. They allegedly stole 20 AK rifles and a shotgun.

Three days later, detectives from the Law and Order section received information that Gwezere had masterminded the theft.

He was arrested and the State says their informers are ready to testify against him in the trial.

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