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Zimbabwe National Army Captain Denied Bail on Robbery Charge

Zimbabwe National Army Captain Denied Bail on Robbery Charge

Zimbabwe National Army Captain Foster Nyasha faced denial of bail by Magistrate Tendai Mahwe at the Mutare Magistrate Court on a robbery charge involving an alleged US$60,000 theft from Chinese national Yao Jingjie. Nyasha, appearing alongside his co-accused police members Albert Machona (42), Sergeant, and Constables Charles Musiiwa (33) and Tanyaradzwa Mhondiwa (30), was instructed to seek bail from the High Court.

While Nyasha’s bail was refused, Machona, Musiiwa, and Mhondiwa, stationed at Mutare Central Police Station, were each granted US$150 bail.

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The incident, according to the State’s case, occurred on February 28 around 1900 hours when Yao returned home from a business trip in Harare, accompanied by her driver Kalim Mukwamba, who departed with the taxi upon Yao’s arrival at her Morningside residence.

Before entering her house, Yao encountered an intruder, later identified as Nyasha, donning a black mask. Allegedly, Nyasha assaulted Yao, resulting in fractures to her hands, and proceeded to rob her of a satchel containing the aforementioned sum.

Yao’s cries for help prompted neighbors to intervene, chasing down Nyasha and retrieving the bag. Subsequently, the bag was handed over to the trio of police officers — Machona, Musiiwa, and Mhondiwa.

Allegedly, the trio purportedly freed Nyasha and distributed the remaining US$34,000 among themselves after allocating US$26,000 to a relative of Yao.

Their actions extended to implicating the individuals who detained Nyasha, resulting in charges of abuse of office being leveled against them.

Subsequent investigations unearthed further details surrounding their purported wrongdoing.

Last Goredema was the prosecuting attorney in this case.

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