Mnangagwa ‘assassin’ cancer stricken; battles for life in remand prison

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By Court Reporter

A CLAIMED CIO spy accused of carrying a gun to events officiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been diagnosed of liver cancer and is battling for his life behind bars.

Guthrie Chirodzero told court on Monday that prison authorities were refusing him permission to visit his preferred doctor.

He approached Harare magistrate Yeukai Chigodora through defence lawyer Rumbidzai Venge seeking bail for the second time saying circumstances have changed.

The magistrate trashed his application saying the lawyer did not prove that circumstances have changed.

This becomes the fifth time his freedom bid flops.

The magistrate also ruled that she could not grant Chirodzero bail since it is impossible for a magistrate to review her earlier ruling.

The ill-looking Chirodzero had his case remanded to a further date for trial continuation.

Chirodzero is also accused of impersonation after he was found with identity cards indicating he was the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) executive director.

He is further charged with of forgery after he was caught with a fake driver’s license upon his arrest.

According to prosecutors, Chirodzero carried a firearm and fake documents to the State House in Harare when Mnangagwa was swearing in new cabinet ministers.

He also carried the same documents to the renaming of KG VI military base to Josiah Magamba Tongogara camp.

Prosecutors say the accused positioned himself close to the President pretending to be a CIO operative.

Another CIO operative raised alarm after sensing something was amiss after which Chirodzero vanished from the scene upon sensing danger.

He was however, arrested before he made his way out of the premises.