FIVE YOUTHS pleaded guilty to trespassing on State House grounds before Harare magistrate Noticia Shenje yesterday.
Paul Muchena (24), Kupakwashe Pswarayi (24), Daniel Isheanesu Mbizi (21), Jerome Kamoto Mparure (24) and Tinotenda Shelton Chigwida (20) were all remanded in custody and will be sentenced today.
Abel Mandivhona, a police officer assigned to the Police Protection Unit Presidential Guard, filed the complaint.
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Muchena is accused of driving a white BMW X1 along Chancellor Road from Borrowdale to the city center around 0430 hours on Saturday. He was accompanied by his four co-accused.
It is alleged that while driving between Zimbabwe House and State House, he disregarded road traffic signs prohibiting vehicular and human traffic from 1800 hours to 0600 hours.
They were stopped by security guards at the State House grounds and refused to comply. Their vehicle then collided with the drums, blocking the road.
The five accused drove for a few metres before being stopped by spikes and barricades at the intersection of Chancellor Road and Josiah Tongogara Avenue, which led to their arrest.
In a related case, a Harare man appeared in court on fresh charges of allegedly trespassing at the State House and impersonating a member of the Central Intelligence officer.
Nigel Ngoni Rubatsito appeared before Magistrate Dennis Mangosi and he was remanded to October 24.
Rubatsiro was not asked to plead. The court heard that, on July 17 last year at the wee hours of the morning Rubatsiro went to State House at corner Josiah Tongogara and Seventh Street and upon arrival he approached the security personnel and misrepresented to him that he was a member of Central Intelligence who had come for duty.