Armed robber Musa Taj Abdul jailed 10 years for gun crimes

HARARE – Notorious armed robber Musa Taj Abdul has been jailed for 10 years for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

Abdul, who is awaiting trial on a string of armed robbery charges, was jailed on Monday together with his accomplice Charles Lundu.

They were arrested during a shootout with police in Beitbridge in 2020.

Harare magistrate Shane Kubonera sentenced the two men to five years for unlawful possession of firearms and another five years for unlawful possession of ammunition.

Kubonera suspended one year on each charge, leaving the duo to serve eight years.

However, the four years of the second count will run concurrently with the first count, leaving them to serve four years effective.

Abdul was on the run for 20 years before his arrest at the home of a police officer in Beitbridge.

He was arrested together with Liberty Mupamhanga, Prince Makodza, Godfrey Mupamhanga, Lundu, Rudolph Kanhanga, Innocent Jairos, Tapiwa Mangoma and Carrington Marasha.

Abdul is already serving another four-year jail term after he was convicted by another magistrate Babra Mateko last year.

Shambidzeni Fungura prosecuted in the gun and ammunition trial.

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