A member of the Zimbabwe National Army has been caught behind enemy lines after he allegedly impersonated a military veteran and threatened to “fix” Zimbabwe Football Association Zifa vice president Omega Sibanda for allegedly turning to politics.
Allegations against Blessing Mbwando who holds the rank of sergeant and stationed at Induna Barracks arose on 18 November last year when he phoned Sibanda and misrepresented himself as Major Prosper Guvheya.
It is reported that after introducing himself as Major Guvheya apparently in a bid to instil fear in Sibanda; he started insulting and threatening him with unspecified action
It is also alleged that in the process he accused the Zifa vice-chairman of failing to defend suspended workers and turning to politics before he labelled him a dog.
“You dog, if you fail to uplift those who are on suspension and that you are now into politics, your failure to uplift them, you shall see what I will do to you within a short period of time, I am Major Prosper Guvheya (sic),” reads the threats in part.
After receiving the threats Sibanda reportedly went and reported the matter to the police.
Investigations by the police later led to Mbwando’s arrest and his subsequent appearance before Bulawayo magistrate Franklin Mkwananzi facing two charges of impersonation and using abusive language over the phone.
For the offence Mbwando, who pleaded not guilty, was remanded out of custody to 8 January for trial.