Mugabe laptops thief terrorises witnesses, court told

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By Staff Reporter

A PRESIDENTIAL guard soldier on trial for allegedly stealing 119 laptops from former President Robert Mugabe is reportedly terrorising witnesses in the case leaving them fearing for their lives, a Harare court heard on Thursday.

Pepukayi Zavakavapano has reportedly confronted all witnesses testifying against him prompting prosecutor Francesca Mukumbiri to plead with the court for cancellation of his bail.

Mukumbiri made the application saying the accused was in breach of his bail conditions since he had been ordered not to interfere with witnesses.

“Your worship, the accused has interfered with all remaining witnesses to testify against him,” said the prosecutor.

“Some resides in the same neighbourhood with him and they are now living in fear.

“The accused is using his job to intimidate and scare witnesses; so, we apply that his bail be cancelled and that he be sent back to jail pending finalisation of his case.”

However, Zvakavapano’s defence attorney opposed the application saying only the High Court Judge who granted his client bail had authority to incarcerate him.

Harare magistrate Josephine Sande adjourned the case to Friday for ruling.

Zvakavapano landed in the dock after he allegedly stole laptops belonging to Mugabe while on duty sometime in April this year.

He however claims that he was given the property by Mugabe as a token of appreciation for “good service” rendered during his tenure as president.