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Presidential Gatecrashers: Two men arrested after bizarre attempts to meet President Mnangagwa at State House

By Vaseline May30,2024

Two Harare men were arrested this month after separate incidents involving attempts to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House.

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Two men try to meet foreign President Mnangagwa at State House

ZimLive reported that in the first incident, Felix Togaraseyi Magureyi, 40, was arrested after claiming to be President Mnangagwa’s father. Magureyi, whose claim is unusual given that Mnangagwa is 81 years old, arrived at State House on May 7, 2024 in a Toyota Hilux Raider. He parked at the visitors’ entrance and started dancing in front of a police officer on duty.

When Magureyi was approached by the officer, he insisted that he needed to see the President. Despite the officer’s attempts to control the situation, Magureyi forced his way into the garden.

A subsequent search of his vehicle uncovered a pistol magazine, four rounds of ammunition, a Boafeng portable communications radio, a burnt lamp extract, a set of keys, a sjambok and a toy firearm. Magureyi was arrested and later produced before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi.

In a separate incident on May 22, 2024, Michael Kunyeya, 29, also attempted to gain access to President Mnangagwa at State House. Kunyeya, who was driving an unregistered Toyota Fortuner, requested a meeting with the president to discuss personal issues.

Upon his arrival, police officers stationed at the gate conducted a routine search of his vehicle. During the search, officers found a bag of cocaine and nine empty bags with cocaine residue. Kunyeya was immediately arrested for unlawful possession of dangerous drugs.

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Two men arrested after bizarre attempts to meet President Mnangagwa at State House (Image: ZimLive)

Kunyeya, who appears in several photos with President Mnangagwa and the Mugabe brothers, was denied bail and will appear in court on June 12, 2024.

Daring visitors in the past

This isn’t the first time people have gotten into trouble for trying to enter the State House. In 2021, a Nigel Rutsito went to President Mnangagwa’s residence and claimed to be a member of the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO). He lied that he came to report for duty. Police arrested him after he failed to show his work badge.

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Another man, Dylan Kanyungwe, went to State House to meet Vice President Chiwenga. After being told that Chiwenga is not staying at the state house, he became rowdy. He tried to break in, which led to his arrest.

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