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Mbare Police Dog Section based at Waterfalls Police Station have arrested five armed robbers and recovered knives, knobkerries and axes that were used to attack residents in the suburb at night.

Police said the five were robbing people along Northway and Ceres Roads in Waterfalls. National chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the arrests.

In a statement, she identified the robbers as Victor Mubaiwa (38) of number 20 Overspill Epworth, Norman Muchemwa (38) of number 11B Matererini Flats Mbare, Bernard Kurira (34) of number 8B Matererini Flats, Moffat Phiri (34) and Joshua Mutizirwa (38) of block 5A Matererini Flats.

Police instituted investigations, which led to the recovery of weapons such as knobkerries, chisel, four okapi knives and two Samsung galaxy cellphones.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged members of the public who may have fallen prey to the suspects to proceed to ZRP Waterfalls and identify their belongings.

Six other armed robbers appeared in court on Monday, where it was revealed they killed four people and left eight others seriously injured in Hatcliffe and Kuwadzana in Harare and in Ruwa during their reign of terror.

  • - herald
  • THREE notorious armed robbers who terrorised miners and businesspeople in the Midlands province and Bulawayo getting away with more than $25 000, a vehicle and six rifles, have been sentenced to a combined 188 years in prison.

    Tapiwa Chimuti (29), Anyway Madala (27) and Simbarashe Machiritsa (40) who are related and stay at Ascot Infill high-density suburb in Gweru, were part of a six-member gang linked to a spate of armed robberies committed in Bulawayo, Zvishavane, Gweru, Shurugwi, Kwekwe and Kadoma.

    Three other members of the gang; Andrew Masendeke, Matrimony Nyathi and Sydney Mangisi are still at large.

    Chimuti was sentenced to 91 years, Madala 76 and Machiritsa 21. Police recovered the vehicle and guns which were used during the robberies and the property has since been forfeited to the State.

    The three accused were convicted on their own pleas by Gweru regional magistrate Mr Morgan Nemadire.

  • - chronicle
  • THREE suspected notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising miners and businesspeople getting away with over $25 000, a vehicle and six rifles after allegedly killing two security guards have pleaded guilty to 15 counts of armed robbery.

    The trio is part of a six-member gang linked to a spate of armed robberies in Zvishavane, Gweru, Shurugwi and Kadoma. They pleaded not guilty to three counts of armed robbery.

    Prosecutors are preparing to charge them with six more armed robberies that occurred in Bulawayo.

    Tapiwa Chimuti (29), Anyway Madala (27) and Simbarashe Machiritsa (40) all of Ascot Infill high-density suburb in Gweru went for indications in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

    They appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate Mr Morgan Nemadire.

    He remanded them in custody to today for commencement of trial.

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  • TWO men from Bulawayo who robbed a hooker and her client at gun point before raping the woman have been sentenced to a combined 40 years in prison. Magistrate Ms Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze sentenced Sydney Dube (43) of Lobengula West suburb to 28 years in prison and Praymore Mpofu (21) of Old Magwegwe suburb to 12 years in jail.

    The court heard how Dube, who was armed with a rifle with eight bullets and Mpofu who was wielding a military bayonet, robbed the couple of their cellphones, plates and clothes that they were wearing. Dube violently pulled the woman to a secluded place inside Ntshamathe Primary school grounds and raped her twice without protection.

    Dube and Mpofu appeared before magistrate Ms Msipa-Marondedze facing a charge of robbery. Dube was also facing a rape count. The pair pleaded guilty.

    “I’m surprised with everything. I don`t know what was on my mind when l committed these offences,” said Dube. Mpofu told the court that he committed the crime when he was drunk.

    Ms Msipa-Marondedze sentenced Dube to 28 years in prison but suspended seven years on condition that he does not commit a similar crime. “You’re sentenced to 16 years in prison for raping a woman. I considered that you are a first offender and you pleaded guilty. I suspended four years for five years and this means you will serve an effective 12 years for rape,” said Ms Msipa-Marondedze.

    “On a robbery charge, you are sentenced to 12 years in prison but three years is suspended for three years. Therefore you will serve an effective 21 years for robbery and rape.” The magistrate sentenced Mpofu to 12 years in prison for robbing the couple but suspended six years for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar crime.

    In sentencing the pair, Ms Msipa-Marondedze said robbery and rape are very serious offences and their prevalence in present day society was worrying.

  • - chronicle
  • South African Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has backtracked on the comments he made last week concerning ex-Zimbabwean soldiers whom he accused of illegally entering South Africa to rob and kill. The minister claims his statement was taken out of context.

    Mbalula raised fears of igniting xenophobic attacks after informing SA journalists that Zimbabwean army deserters were responsible for violent crimes in South Africa.The statements drew widespread condemnation.

    But in an about-turn, Mbalula’s spokesperson Mr Vuyo Muhanga told The Sunday Mail last night that the minister’s statements were taken out of context. “The statement was taken completely out of context,” said Mr Muhanga.“When the minister was speaking he was speaking to two specific issues.

    “The first being about the crime in an incident involving the five men who were responsible for robbing a jeweller in Johannesburg that happened recently and this was only an isolated incident.

    “The other issue he touched on was that of the many educated Zimbabweans we have contributing to South African development, which is one of the attributes the Zimbabwean Government is praised for.

    “Basically, it was not a blanket statement and needs to be properly qualified in its proper context.“He was simply referring to one isolated incident.

    “We have many Zimbabweans living here in peace whom the minister said are more educated than some South Africans.”Mbalula was widely quoted in the media last week after claiming that “Zimbabweans enter the country illegally and they just come here not to promote goodwill”.

     

  • - sundaymail
  • POLICE in Gweru have arrested three notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising miners and business people in Gweru and Shurugwi getting away with more than $20 000 in four weeks.

    Following the arrest, police recovered five rifles and a pistol, $6 000 cash and a VW Golf vehicle. The property was recovered at lodgings belonging to two of the armed robbers’ girlfriends in Ascot Infill suburb in Gweru.

    Tapiwa Chimuti (25) Anyway Madala (27) and Simbarashe Machiritsa (40) were arrested on Thursday following a tip off from members of the public.

    In one of the counts and on April 7 at around 7:30PM, Chimuti, Madala and Machiritsa broke down a kitchen door and entered a house in Athlone suburb where they stole electrical gadgets and cash. Using the same modus operandi the gang broke into three other houses in Gweru and a mine in Shurugwi and got away with a VW Golf vehicle and more than $20 000 cash.

    There was drama at Ascot infill suburb yesterday as police detectives raided two lodgings where Chimuti and Madala were staying.

    The detectives recovered household property which includes beds, television sets, electrical gadgets and blankets which are suspected to be proceeds from robbery money. At one house belonging to Ms Inet Kaisa (24) police are said to have also recovered a pistol. Ms Kaisa said she has been staying with Chimuti for the past seven days as husband and wife.

    At the other house, Ms Jenita Mahachi (25) said she has been staying with Madala for the past month. They both told the Chronicle that they were not aware that their husbands were criminals. “Chimuti said he was a gold panner. I moved here last week and we had a party. He bought all this property for me as his new wife. I didn’t suspect that he was a criminal,” she said.

  • - chronicle
  • TWO men armed with a rifle and a pistol allegedly stripped a prostitute and her client before robbing the man and raping the woman in Bulawayo’s Old Magwegwe suburb.

    The incident happened in the wee hours of Friday morning last week. Police have since arrested the suspects identified as Sydney Dube (43) of Lobengula West and Praymore Mpofu (21) of Cowdray Park.

    A source close to the victims said Mr Azizi Sibanda (18) had hired the woman (24) — who cannot be named for ethical reasons — for a night of sex from Izandlazonke Sports Bar in Old Magwegwe.

    The woman allegedly took Mr Sibanda to her cousin’s house. “They entered the two roomed house at around 1 AM. The armed men entered the house soon after and threatened to shoot them with a rifle,” said the source.

    The source said the robbers ordered Mr Sibanda to strip and they took his clothes, cash and an Iphone 4S. “One of the robbers grabbed the woman and force marched her to a football ground at the nearby Ntshamathe Primary School while his colleague remained guarding the man. He produced a pistol and forced her to strip before raping her twice without protection,” the source said.

    The armed robber allegedly returned to the house where he called his partner in crime. The man who had remained in the house, said the source, ransacked it and stole unspecified property. The woman made a police report.

    “She said she knew the suspects by their nicknames as Sindo and Mashamplani. She said they were known criminals with a history of violence,” said the source. Police made a follow up and arrested Dube hours later.

  • - chronicle
  • MASKED armed robbers struck at Gweru’s Spar Supermarket where they tied the hands and feet of a security guard before they broke into the shop around midnight on Sunday.

    The robbers failed to open a safe in the supermarket and only got away with bottles of alcoholic beverages and the security guard’s mobile phone.

    They covered the security guard’s head with a sack after threatening to shoot him with a pistol and left him tied up for about six hours before he was rescued.

    Spar Supermarket Gweru branch manager, Mr Chrispen Thomu, said it was not known how many robbers carried out the raid.

    He said the armed robbers entered the supermarket through the back door and went on to cut through the roof to gain entrance to the safe room.

  • - chronicle
  • ARMED robbers have hit Gweru and Shurugwi making off with over $8 000 in cash, a VW Golf vehicle and two rifles.

    National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said they were investigating a case in which a Shurugwi businessman lost $8 000, a vehicle and a rifle last week to three masked armed robbers.

    He said the attackers raided Prince Farm Easter Mine in Shurugwi at night and robbed Mr David Russell (25) of his money, a rifle and a black VW Golf.

    “I can confirm that three masked robbers, armed with rifles pounced on a Shurugwi businessman and they got away with $8 000 cash, a vehicle and a rifle,” he said.

    Chief Supt Nyathi discouraged business people from keeping large sums of money in their houses or at business premises.

  • - chronicle
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