The men were allegedly planning to detonate four petrol bombs at the dairy processing plant north of Harare, on Friday.
According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, the four were accompanied by heavy police guard to the Harare Magistrate court where they were charged with “possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering for terrorism purposes,”
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Surprisingly, among the men was Owen Kuchata who is the party leader of a fringe political party known as the Zimbabwe People’s Front (ZPF). Others who include Borman Ngwenya, Solomon Makumbe and Silas Pfupa appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe under heavy police guard.
At the court hearing, the prosecutor, Mr Michael Reza alleged that on Friday at around 4pm, the police was alerted that the four were planning to bomb the Dairy’s processing plant and tuck shop during the night.
They were allegedly found in possession of four 750ml brandy bottles containing petrol, ammonium nitrate, nails, and sand. Party documents, including the ZPF manifesto and constitution were also seized.
Two, namely Ngwenya and Makunbe were reported to be members of the Zimbabwe National Army’s 1 Field Regiment and the Zimbabwe Intelligence Corps respectively. The Harare Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe however, decided to postponed the case for further hearing to February 8 and advised them to apply for bail at the high court.
Meanwhile, according to Timeslive veteran rights lawyer, David Coltart and opposition politician said the story smacked off the “pseudo-activity” witnessed in Zimbabwe from time to time in the past 40 years.
“One questions whether there is any political motive behind this,” Coltart told News24 in a telephone interview.
“Similar activities were used as a pretext to crack down on the MDC in the past. The latest alleged plot could be linked to power struggles within Zanu-PF
“It’s far too early, with any confidence, to point fingers at any political faction (being behind it),” he said
Mugabe and his wife Grace own the multi-million-dollar dairy and processing plant where milk, ice cream, chocolate and other products are produced.