Notorious Armed Robbers Never Got The Chance To Taste Freedom:
In a developing twist of fate, the state prosecutor who did not oppose bail for notorious armed robber Musa Taj Abdul and his three accomplices has been suspended.
This was after many people had raised eyebrows as to why the prosecutor Tapiwa Kasema had consented to the bail application for Taj Abdul and three of his accomplices. The main shock was on the fact that Taj Abdul had been on the police wanted list since 1999 and was finally nabbed after a shootout with the police.
Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi was not pleased with the way Kasema conducted himself in bail application thus leading to his suspension pending the outcome of an investigation as to why he did not oppose bail.
According to iHarare, on Monday, High Court judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero granted Taj Abdul ZWL$5000 (approximately US$60) bail after the Kasema consented to the granting of bail. Justice Chikowero also granted bail to two other armed robbers who were part of Taj Abdul’s gang. 27-year-old Godfrey Mupamhanga was granted ZWL$5000 (approximately US$60) bail while 29-year-old Tapiwa Kanhanga was granted ZWL$2000 (approximately US$25) bail. A fourth gang member, 31-year-old Douglas Mutenda was also granted bail.
One other thing that sent a shock wave is that part of their bail conditions, ordered the four to reside at their given addresses and to report to the police every Friday between 6 am and 6 pm until the matter has been resolved. The order did not mention anything about passports.
National Prosecuting Authority Chief Law Officer Justin Uladi told the Herald that Kasema has been suspended and that the matter has now been referred to the police for investigations. He also said that the National Prosecuting Authority would launch an appeal against Justice Chikowero’s decision to grant the armed robbers bail.
The armed robbers never got the chance to taste and step into freedom as they were arrested on fresh new charges before they had managed to post the bail money. The police requested that the quartet should remain in custody pending their court appearance on the new charges as well as further investigations. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said:
“As far as we are concerned, Musa Taj Abdul is still under remand and if there are any changes, we wait to be advised by the relevant Judiciary department.”
Taj Abdul is alleged to have committed at least 53 armed robberies as well as several murder cases.