Zimbabwe Army sentences soldiers to 40 years in prison for robbery




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The Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Court Martial has sentenced two soldiers, Lance Corporal Dzimbanhete Tatenda and Trooper Munesi Wilfred to 40 years imprisonment each for armed robbery. The convicted persons allegedly robbed a Marondera farmer of US$16,830 and R600 last year in November.

The army said both convicted persons were reduced ranks to private and first year trooper, respectively and discharged from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces with ignominy.

Read the full statement below:

Two soldiers, members of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lance Corporal Dzimbanhete Tatenda and Trooper Munesi Wilfred were on 19 January sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Court Martial for armed robbery.

Five years each of their respective sentences were suspended on condition that they restitute the complainant, Simon Arnold of Surrey Farm near Marondera, cash amounting to US$ 16 830 and R600.

Both were reduced ranks to private and first year trooper, respectively and discharged from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces with ignominy.

They both pleaded guilty to the charges of armed robbery which they committed on 15 November 2021 at Surrey Farm near Marondera.

The Zimbabwe National Army does not condone cases of indiscipline and misconduct and will continue to pass deterrent sentences on any would be offenders.

Source – Byo24