Zanu PF ‘gunman’ case put on ice


THE case of a Zanu PF activist accused of carrying a gun at a Bulawayo church function attended by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has been postponed indefinitely after prosecutors punched holes on the docket.


Sweet Sweet was arrested on April 4 at the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM Sengwayo) church’s 60th anniversary in Pelendaba after one of Mphoko’s bodyguards saw a pistol protruding from his jacket.

However, the Nyamandlovu farmer who is represented by lawyer Vonani Majoko denied the charge of possessing a firearm at a public place when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Merlyn Mutshina last week.

The State has since sent back the docket to the police after noting that the evidence was not enough to put Sweet to his defence.

Prosecutor Raymond Makaza confirmed that Sweet’s docket had been sent back to Bulawayo Central Police Station for further investigations.

Prosecutors said it was not yet clear how possession of the gun could be viewed as an offence since Sweet had a valid firearms certificate.

Sweet was arrested after Mphoko’s bodyguard Vumani Ncube, noticed the gun and interrogated the farmer.

Following his arrest, investigations revealed that the gun was legally registered for protection of cash in transit with serial number 68244 and certificate number 830701.