Gun totting prophet nabbed
15 December 2017
SELF-STYLED Harare prophet Gathry Chiredzero on Thursday appeared in court facing charges of possession of offensive weapons at public gatherings, impersonating public officials and forgery.
Chiredzero was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
The State, led by Sebastian Mutizirwa, is alleging that on December 4 at the swearing-in ceremony of cabinet ministers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the accused was at the podium at State House conducting security checks as if he was a security agent.
It was later established that the accused used a fake CIO identity card to gain entry at the event.
Further allegations are that on December 6 at the renaming of KGVI barracks to Josiah Magama Tongogara, the accused approached military intelligence personnel manning the entrance to the venue and told them he was a member of the CIO’s Close Security Unit, who had been sent to reinforce security around the President.
Chiredzero was then intercepted by members of the military, who saw him by the podium next to President Mnangagwa, who was addressing the guests.
The State denied the accused bail but his lawyer, John Ndomene, argued that his client was detained in custody for over 48 hours alleging he was in military custody since December 6 to December 12 when he was handed over to police.
However, magistrate Mugwagwa said there was no proof to substantiate the lawyer’s claims and she remanded the accused in custody to today for bail application.