The White City bombing which is also called the Bulawayo bombing occurred on June 23, 2018, a few weeks before July 2018 harmonized elections.
The grenade attack occurred when President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputies, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Vice President Kembo Mohadi were leaving a Zanu PF rally at White City Stadium.
3 people died during the attack and at least 40 other people were injured including Marry Chiwenga, Kembo Mohadi, and Oppah Muchinguri.
According to online publication Zimlive, Tendai Saunyama Kandima who worked for the Military Intelligence Directorate, tried to impress his girlfriend by claiming that he was behind the bombing. Kandima, who is married and has two children with his wife made the fanciful claims over WhatsApp to his lover who has not been disclosed.
Somehow the Military came across the private messages in as yet unclear circumstances and Kandima was arrested and detained at 2 Infantry Brigade at Kaguvi Barracks in Harare.
Investigations by the military revealed that Kandima was actually stationed in India at the time when the Bulawayo Bombing occurred.
However, despite this, Kandima was charged with “publishing or communicating a wholly or materially false statement with the intention of realizing that there is a real risk or possibility of undermining public confidence in a law enforcement agency.”
He was tried by the General Court Martial and convicted on the charges. Kandima who did not have any legal representation during the General Court Martial was sentenced to 12 years in prison. However, he will serve an effective six years in prison after half of his sentence was conditionally suspended.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have since taken up Kandima’s case and have instructed Innocent Gonese to secure Kandima’s release so that he receives urgent medical treatment for a heart condition.
Speaking to Zimlive, Gonese said,
“I’ve just been engaged, and we’ll look at our options. Obviously, an appeal can only be made to the Supreme Court because the General Court Martial is the same as the High Court.”
The military has not yet commented on the matter.