Two villagers caught with explosives, poison at Mnangagwa’s event

Two Chivhu villagers, Elias Murima and William Jeche, have been sentenced after being found in possession of explosives, catapults, and homemade rat poison at the recent commissioning of Makumimavi Primary School by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Masvingo Mirror reports.

The incident, which occurred on May 30th, 2024, has sent shockwaves through the community and raised serious questions about security measures at high-profile events.

Magistrate Sharon Nxongo, presiding over the case, initially sentenced Murima to 10 months imprisonment and Jeche to eight months. However, she later commuted these sentences to 210 and 175 hours of community service at Nzuma Secondary School, respectively.

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The court heard that Jeche, upon arriving at the school commissioning ceremony, was searched by police officers and soldiers at the entrance. He was carrying a satchel containing a Jiang Shan Emulsion Explosive paste, a catapult, and a homemade rat trap. When asked to produce a license for the explosives, Jeche admitted he did not possess one. The explosive paste, weighing 200 grams, was seized, and Jeche was subsequently arrested.

During questioning, Jeche implicated Murima, who was also apprehended. Murima, claiming to be a builder, told the court that he had used the explosives to drill a borehole at Luckson Kaguru’s homestead in Masvaure Village. He alleged that he had given the remaining explosives to Jeche after completing the task.

The incident has sparked widespread concern about the security protocols in place at such high-profile events. The presence of explosives and other potentially dangerous items at a school commissioning ceremony, attended by the President and dignitaries, raises serious questions about the effectiveness of security checks.

“It is a worrying situation,” said a local resident who wished to remain anonymous. “How can someone walk into an event like this with explosives? It shows a serious lapse in security.”

The incident has also highlighted the potential for misuse of explosives in rural communities. While Murima claimed to have used the explosives for a legitimate purpose, the possession of such materials without proper authorization is a serious offense.

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