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State prosecutor in armed robber Abdul case goes on the run

POLICE yesterday raided State prosecutor Tapiwa Kusema’s two known addresses and failed to locate him, triggering suspicion that he was now on the run.

This comes hours after Prosecutor-General Kumbirai Hodzi suspended Kusema for consenting to the granting bail to four notorious armed robbers led by Musa Taj Abdul.

Abdul (47) along with his co-accused Godfrey Mupamhanga (27), Rudolf Tapiwa Kanhanga (29) and Douglas Mutenda (31) were granted bail on Tuesday by High Court Judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero but were immediately arrested on fresh charges before they paid their bail money.

The granting of bail triggered an outcry from citizens who described Abdul, a fugitive from justice for the past 20 years, as unfit for bail.

Information permanent secretary Nick Mangwana, on twitter also questioned the prosecutor’s rationale for not opposing bail for the criminal.

A source in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) yesterday confirmed that indeed Kasema has been suspended and a report of corruption has been made to the police.

“Yes the letter of suspension has been written. The matter is now under police investigations,” he said.

Abdul and his co-accused will now appear in court on Friday facing new charges.

The notorious armed robber Abdul – who has been on police top wanted list for the past 20 years – was arrested in Beitbridge along with six other suspects in August following a tip-off to police.

Abdul is accused by police of masterminding numerous criminal activities, including high profile robbery cases reminiscent of the Chidhumo-Masendeke robberies which kept the nation spellbound in the 1990s. Chidhumo and Masendeke were executed in 2002. ■

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