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Gweru cop acquitted for stealing from ED

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Gweru cop acquitted for stealing from ED



GWERU – Musa Mukuli (40), a cop arrested last year for allegedly stealing copper cables from President Mnangagwa’s Precabe farm has been acquitted.
However, one of his co-accused James Mulongo was found guilty on another charge of stealing solar panels at President Mnangagwa’s farm and was slapped with a 14 -year jail term.
Mukuli who is based at Nehanda Police Station in Mkoba, Gweru was freed by Kwekwe Magistrate Mildred Matuvi last week together with two other accused, Silas Musindo and William Urayai.
They were represented by Esau Mandipa of Mutatu and Mandipa Legal Practitioners.
Matuvi said the State failed to provide compelling evidence that the four had stolen copper cables from the President’s farm.
Allegations were that on September 14 ,2023 at 11pm Mukuli, Musindo, Mulongo and Urayayi connived and hatched a plan to steal solar panels from Mnangagwa’s Brownland Estate Farm which is close to Precabe.
The court further heard that the four went to the farm where they allegedly stole three solar panels supplying power to a borehole and hid them in a bush.
It is further alleged that the four were spotted in a Honda Fit vehicle with registration number AEA 6642 by a security officer at Precabe. The other three ran away leaving Mukuli behind and he was arrested.
During investigations, a water pump attendant at Precabe Farm, Liberty Zunga identified Mukuli as one of the people who stole copper cables at the farm on September 7, 2023.

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