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Zimbabwean War Veterans' National Secretary Arrested

Xinhuanet 2002-01-26 16:15:06

   HARARE, January 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Zimbabwe police have arrested
the war veteran' national secretary Mike Moyo on several criminal
allegations including extortion involving 15 million Zimbabwean
dollars (about 272,273 U.S. dollars), according to the official
Herald newspaper on Saturday.
   Moyo, 40, was brought before Harare magistrate Dominic Muzavazi
on Friday on allegations of extortion, public violence, assault
and armed robbery.
   He was not asked to plead and was remanded out of custody on
bail to March 15.
   As part of his bail conditions, Moyo was ordered not to visit
Mayfield Farm in Mazowe and a service station along Fourth Street
in Harare where two of the offences were allegedly committed.
   Moyo is being jointly charged with Chris Pasipamire, deputy
chairman for Harare province of the ruling  Zimbabwe African
National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), on the extortion and
public violence allegations.
   The two are alleged to have demanded 15 million Zimbabwean
dollars or 50 percent of the profits of the Mayfield farm, from
Arthur Duncan Parkes, the previous owner of the farm, which has
been allocated to Pasipamire under the land redistribution program.
   The two are then alleged to have assaulted the farmer after he
refused to pay.
   On the armed robbery charge, Moyo is alleged to have, on
January 10 this year, gone to a service station along Fourth
Street where he forced a petrol attendant to re-fuel his car and
debit a ZANU-PF account.
   Moyo had also allegedly assaulted the attendant when he refused
to comply.  Enditem
 
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