The man who impersonated security officials only to be intercepted later during President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s commissioning ceremony of Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks formerly KGVI on the 6th of December last year, has been jailed for 16 years.

Madzibaba Gathrie Chirodzero will however serve 12 and a half years behind bars after 3 and half years were suspended by Harare magistrate Yeukai Chigodora on condition of good behaviour.

Madzibaba Gathrie was convicted of multiple charges which include possession of a firearm at a public place, forgery and possession of articles for criminal use.

He was arrested by security agents during the barracks commissioning ceremony and found in possession of a loaded firearm and with fake identity particulars from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and the others indicating that he was the Executive Director at the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

The court considered that Madzibaba Gathrie’s vicinity to the person of the stature of the President with a loaded firearm combined with his forged particulars, aggravated his case and left the court with the impression that he had evil intentions as he failed to explain to the court why he had impersonated security officials only to be intercepted later.

A Chief Law Officer applied for Madzibaba Guthrie’s firearm to be forfeited to the state.