Hlungwani remains in prison-(22-02-07)

FORMER diplomat and Zanu PF member Maplanga Simon Hlungwani, who facing a charge of armed robbery is to remain in prison after magistrate Brighton Pabwe threw out his application for refusal of further remand.
Prosecutor Servious Kufandada said argued that it was "too early" for Hlungwani to appl

y for refusal of remand, as his alleged accomplices were still at large.
Hlungwani, who is also facing allegations of being found in possession of four blank passports believed to be stolen from the Registrar General (RG)’s office or Fidelity Printers allegedly robbed $480 000 from a service station in Southerton, made an application, arguing the he was not involved in the theft and that the car used was not his.
The incident happened on August 6 last year.
Hlungwani is said to have teamed up with other suspects who are currently on the run went to an unidentified service station in Southerton.
The suspects, in a cream Mercedes Benz and allegedly armed with a pistol and iron bars pounced on employees at the garage as they were counting the day’s takings.
Hlungwani and his accomplices reportedly produced the weapons and threatened the complainant and his employees with unspecified action before ordering them to lie down.
They allegedly made off with $480 000 cash and drove off.

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