Zanu PF activist fails to skirt gun charges

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Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

BULAWAYO magistrate Merilyn Mutshina has dismissed an application for discharge filed by a Zanu PF activist who was found with a gun at a church function attended by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

BY SILAS NKALA

Mutshina last Friday ruled that Sweet Sweet had a case to answer and should be put to his defence in the case where he is facing charges of carrying a gun at a public place.

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

The State also alleges that he had 14 rounds of ammunition.

However, Sweet, through his lawyer Vonan Majoko, denied charges of carrying a firearm at a public place arguing that a church could not be regarded as a public place.

He said he volunteered to produce the gun when the VP’s security team questioned him about it.

Sweet said when he went to church he was coming from Rusape where he had transported $2 000 in cash.

He claimed that when he returned, he went straight to church.

His gun cabinet was in Nyamandlovu where he ordinarily keeps the firearm.

Mutshina dismissed his application and remanded him to June 17.