A Harare man who allegedly threatened to kill a woman accusing her of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe and then demanding money to protect her has been arraigned before a Harare magistrate.

Tatenda Calton Chitumbira, 28, appeared before magistrate Olivia Mariga on impersonating police officer, public officer or public official and extortion charges.

The court heard early this month in Mufakose, Chitumbira and two other people still at large threatened to kill the woman, accusing her of trying to topple Mugabe. Chitumbira allegedly informed the woman that she was on a list of people targeted for elimination by Mugabe’s intelligence department.

According to state papers, Chitumbira demanded $1 000 from the woman as protection fees and to remove her name from the list or risk being killed. The woman, who was not named in court papers, later gave Chitumbira the money but also made a police report.

Marega remanded Chitumbira to today for bail ruling.

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