$57k cops heist new twist

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Ru­papa Harare Bureau

A PO­LICE spe­cial con­stab­u­lary sta­tioned at Mbare has been ar­rested af­ter be­ing im­pli­cated in a case in which six po­lice­men re­port­edly con­nived with five civil­ians and mounted a fake road­block in Belvedere, Harare and robbed an In­dian busi­ness­man of $57 000.

Bekezela Ma­suku (44) al­legedly used his ve­hi­cle, a Honda Fit, pre­tend­ing to drive in front of Mr Ju­naid Per­vaiz’s car and was al­legedly paid $1 000 for the job by the mas­ter­minds of the deal.

The court heard yes­ter­day that his car was the first one to be stopped and “searched” be­fore the gang robbed Mr Per­vaiz who was fol­low­ing be­hind.

Ma­suku led the po­lice to the re­cov­ery of a tele­vi­sion set that he had bought with the pro­ceeds of the crime.

His al­leged ac­com­plices, Dick­son Morosi (32), Kundai Mak­warimba (35) and For­tune Sibanda (29) have since ap­peared in court fac­ing sim­i­lar charges and were de­nied bail. Seven other sus­pects are on the run.

Ma­suku yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Mr Tendai Mahwe charged with rob­bery.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to Au­gust 18 af­ter pros­e­cu­tor Mr Ge­orge Manokore op­posed bail.

Ac­cord­ing to the State, the gang knew that Mr Per­vaiz was trans­port­ing money from his shop to his house in Belvedere and hatched a plan to rob him.

Mak­warimba and Sibanda are sta­tioned at Harare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and Po­lice Pro­tec­tion Unit Es­corts at Mor­ris De­pot re­spec­tively while Morosi’s brother — who was still at large — is also a po­lice­man.

Act­ing in con­nivance and in pur­suance to their plan, the gang, the court heard, drove in a sil­ver Toy­ota Spa­cio and a Honda Fit both with­out reg­is­tra­tion num­ber plates and way­laid their vic­tim along Hud­son Road, Belvedere.

They had mounted a fake road­block with two of them wear­ing po­lice uni­forms and traf­fic re­flec­tive sleeves. As the com­plainant ap­proached the “road­block” while driv­ing his Toy­ota Runx, he was flagged down by the gang and he com­plied.

The court fur­ther heard that they forcibly pulled out his car keys from the ig­ni­tion and searched his ve­hi­cle. They found a black satchel that was at the back pas­sen­ger’s seat and de­manded to know its con­tents. One of the ac­cused per­sons then opened the satchel and found cash amount­ing to $56 800. They sud­denly grabbed the bag and jumped into their get­away cars and drove off at high speed.

Grad­u­ates re­cite the Nurses’ Pledge at the Med­i­cal Train­ing School grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Im­bizo Bar­racks yes­ter­day

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