Fake soldier nabbed

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Georgina Takavadini, H-Metro Reporter

A 44-year-old Harare man was arrested after he went to State House wearing a Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) uniform.

He pretended to be a member of the defence forces saying he wanted to have a serious talk with the Head of State about the current situation bedevilling the country.

Tichaona Kanengoni pleaded not guilty when he appeared before magistrate Richard Ramaboa who advised the State to allow Kanengoni to be mentally examined by medical practitioners.

He was being charged with unlawful possession of camouflage uniform, contravening the Road Traffic Act and Criminal trespass.

Circumstances are that Kanengoni parked his Ford Ranger motor vehicle at corner Chancellor Drive and Tongogara Avenue wearing a ZNA camouflage trousers, infantry belt and combat jacket as a way of deceiving the security guards to gain entry in the State House.

He was asked to produce his ZNA identity card but he failed.

Kanengoni was denied entry at the State House by soldiers who were at the barricade but he insisted on wanting to see the President as he wanted to talk to him.

He was also asked to produce his driver’s licence but failed as he is not a holder of any licence.

Kanengoni was immediately arrested and charges were laid against him.