Journalists recused from testifying as State witnesses in Gushungo Dairy bombing

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On Monday, High Court Judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi recused freelance journalists Mlondolozi Ndlovu, Malvern Mkudu and Media Centre director Ernest Mudzengi from testifying as state witnesses in a treason case relating to the bombing of Gushungo Dairy, after their lawyer Chris Mhike objected for reasons that are yet to be disclosed.

Mlondolozi Ndlovu and Watmore Makokoba wrote articles on 21 August last year after attending a press conference convened by the accused Owen Kuchata at New Ambassador Hotel. Kuchata was later arrested together with Borman Ngwenya, Solomon Makumbe and Silas Pfupa. Kuchata pleaded guilty to charges of possession of weaponry for sabotage, and money laundering for terrorism purposes and is now serving a 9 year sentence.

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Gushungo Dairy is a milk processing company located at Gushungo Dairy Estate in Mazowe. The plant was built after 80 newly resettled farmers were forcibly removed from farms in the Mazowe area in January 2012. The products which range from ice cream and yorghut trade... Read More About Gushungo Dairy

Tawanda Chitapi is a Zimbabwean lawyer and judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. He was appointed by President Robert Mugabe with effect from the 7th of September 2015. He was sworn in on the 16th of September 2015, in a ceremony at the Constitutional... Read More About Tawanda Chitapi

The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court... Read More About High Court

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