In a police report filed at Borrowdale Police Station on January 24 at 19:49 hours and seen by Daily News, Munyaradzi Mupazviripo claims he was ordered by Tourism and Hospitality Industry permanent secretary Bradah Maunganidze who is also his brother. He claims he was given the order to kill Walter Mzembi in May 2015 and was told he would receive a $50 000 cash.
The docket was recorded by a constable J Mapfumo, force number 063184. The case is recorded under RRB number 0242860061 and CR 345/01/18. Mupazviripo who is in hiding, said he decided to make the police report because he was receiving death threats for refusing to carry out the order to eliminate Mzembi. Part of the police report reads:
Sometime in 2014, I was employed by the accused person to work as his manager at his farm in Masvingo close to Nemamwa Sikato farm. I went to the farm, took over everything at the farm, including a .303 rifle with a magazine of three rounds.
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I stayed at the farm for almost a year. In May 2015, the accused person came to the farm. The accused person told me that I must go to (a named bank in Masvingo) to see the manager and be given $50 000. I was not given the money by the manager at the bank. The accused said the money was for my self-use. All this was done in a phone conversation.
The accused later came to the farm in the same month and he started talking about military training and how to eliminate people. The accused said he was trained to kill and steal.
The accused told me that Mzembi is the one who is disturbing him at his workplace and I must deal with him using the .303 rifle at the farm. The accused went on and told me that he will give me the farm and that the assignment of eliminating by killing Mzembi has many people and an award will be given to the one who first eliminates Mzembi.
The accused promised me that if I do the job, I will take the farm and he will deposit $50 000 in my account. I did not admit to what was being said by the accused person. He drove and went away. I then later phoned the accused person and told him I cannot do what he had ordered me to do and I am going to handover the gun (.303 rifle) to police.
I later handed over the gun to one called Nemukuyu who was to hand over the accused the gun. I then moved from Masvingo to Harare.
When contacted for comment, Maunganidze denied allegations that he ordered Mzembi’s assassination saying that he had no reason to kill him since they are related.
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