Three bogus Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officers have appeared in court before magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi on allegations of kidnapping and assaulting Johanne Masowe Yechishanu Yenyenyedzi Nomwe leader Hebert Thabo Senda after accusing him of trying to topple the President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mark Jack (36), Munyaradzi Mupazviripo (49) and Reward Baradze (26) are facing kidnapping and impersonation charges
They were remanded in custody and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
The court heard that on October 13, 2022, at around 4 pm, the three accused persons acting in common purpose with fourteen other accomplices who are all still at large, went to Johanne Masowe Yechishanu Yenyenyedzi Nomwe church situated at House number 22537 Budiriro 4, Harare. All accused persons identified themselves to complainant Herbert Thabo Senda as members of the CIO
It is alleged that the accused persons told Senda that they wanted him to clear his name at their offices at St Barbara House, on the same date the complainant responded that he would report at their office the following day.
To force the plaintiff, Jack produced a firearm.
It is the State case that the accused persons ordered Senda into his vehicle a Nissan X-trail on registration number AEQ 2066 and to drive towards the city centre under their escort.
Upon reaching the Highglen roundabout, the accused ordered the complainant to stop his vehicle and forced him into one of their vehicles a Toyota Raider twin Cab.
They blindfolded the complainant and drove him to an unknown destination whilst still intimidating him.
The court heard that the accused persons later took the complainant to St Barbara House situated at the corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Leopold Takawira Street.
The accused persons tortured the complainant using an electric shocker and assaulted him using booted feet, open hands and fists all over his body. During the process of torture, the accused persons stole US$330 from the complainant. As a result of the torture, Senda lost a tooth.
On the same date at around 10 pm, the accused persons handed over the complainant to the police at ZRP Harare Central Police Station on allegations of Disorderly conduct and impersonation.
It is alleged that as a result of the accused persons’ actions, they deprived Herbert Thabo Senda of his freedom of bodily movement, intending to cause such deprivation or realising that there is a real risk or possibility that such deprivation may occur.