Originally from The Chronicle

SIX men from Bulawayo have been arrested for allegedly burning a bus hired by MDC Alliance supporters from Gweru at White City Stadium on Saturday, destroying property worth $2 500.

Clifford Sibanda (30), Dumisani Moyo (39), Bongani Phiri (28), Thandolwenkosi Moyo (24), Tatenda Nyandoro (35) and Darlington Siziba (27) all from Mzilikazi suburb allegedly connived to burn a T and H bus while the bus driver, Mr Lameck Kusosa was on board.

The state’s prosecutor Mrs Memory Ndlovu said on Saturday, Mr Kusosa, the driver parked the bus along Hyde Park Road opposite Mabutweni Police Station.

“He was seated in the bus waiting to ferry MDC Alliance supporters to Gweru who were attending the MDC Alliance rally at White City Stadium. He observed one male adult pouring a liquid substance on the body of the bus and some liquid splashed into the bus through the rear left window which was open,” said Mrs Ndlovu.

“Immediately the bus driver saw fire sparking on the body of the bus at the same position where the liquid had been poured. He went out to investigate and he saw that the bus was on fire. Kusosa used soil to put out the fire. He then saw two male adults running away from the scene and they left behind a 5-litre container with some petrol.”

The suspects pleaded not guilty to both charges and were remanded in custody to April 23 for trial.