HIGH Court Judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero yesterday granted notorious armed robber Musa Taj Abdul (47) and his two co-accused Godfrey Mupamhanga (27) and Rudolf Tapiwa Kanhanga (29) bail.
The trio were arrested in Beitbridge in August with five others Charles Lundu (47), Tapiwa Mangoma alias Tapa (27), Innocent Jairosi (32), Prince Makodza (31), Liberty Mupamhanga (29) after being on the run for more than 20 years.
Adbul and Mupamhanga were granted $5 000 bail each while Kanhanga was released on $2 000 bail.
Harare lawyer Nigel Sithole reckoned that the accused were likely to skip bail given they have been on the run for 20 years.
“How many are willing to bet that Abdul is going to skip bail? As it stands, these suspects have been on the run for twenty good years and I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar that this is the last time we have seen them in court for next so many years,” Sithole reasoned on his personal social media platform.
Other Zimbabweans also found it hard to reconcile Abdul’s case with that of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who languished in remand prison for over 40 days for his tweets about corruption.
As part of their bail conditions, Abdul and his colleagues were ordered to reside at their given address and report to the police every Friday between 6 am and 6 pm until the matter has been finalized.
The trio and their accomplices are facing several charges of armed robbery. ■