Harare – A Harare man who patrolled the streets of Harare robing and harassing citizens under the guise that he was a member of the Zimbabwe National Army has been denied bail by a Harare Magistrate.
Shepherd Magorimbo who was allegedly arrested while gabbed in the army uniform appeared before Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing charges of impersonation and robbery.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa opposed bail and the matter was remanded to February 25.
Magorimbo through his lawyer Blessing Mupwanyiwa told the court during his bail application that he had been forced by the police to wear his housemates’ army uniform.
“I was arrested at my house at midnight and because my housemate is a member of ZNA, army uniforms were recovered at my residence and i was forced by the arresting officers to wear the uniform as my housemate was away at the time of the arrest,” the court heard.
It is alleged that, on January 15 at the Seke Road flyover, Magorimbo, who was clad in the ZNA camouflage uniform, together with his four accomplices who are still at large, accosted Tapfumaneyi Muviyi and started accusing him of being a thief and threatened to take him to Harare Central Police Station.
Instead, they took him to the Seke Road flyover, forced him to reveal his EcoCash pin number and transferred $54 into their account and they also took $94 cash, two Samsung mobile phones and two Nokia mobile phones. Magorimbo was positively identified by Muviyi. He is also accused of robbing a motorist, Nicholus Mupazi, along Baines Avenue in Harare.
Magorimbo, together with his two accomplices who were also clad in army uniform, got into Mupazi’s vehicle, opened the glove compartment and took R60 and a Samsung mobile phone and went away, the court heard.