‘DOGS’ KIDNAP 2 COPS Pirate taxi crew abducts police to prove ‘they are not human’ ‘Honda Fit drivers account for most robberies’
A PIRATE taxi driver and his assistant have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping two police officers, assaulting and dumping them in a bush near Ngozi Mine Landfill Site in Bulawayo.
Brilliant Nsingo (25) of Cowdray Park and Nicholas Moyo (25) of no fixed abode allegedly told the cops they wanted to show them that they (the driver and tout) were not humans, but dogs.
The pirate crew allegedly threatened to kill Assistant Inspector Vongai Munyikwa and Constable Bonface Mashora.
They appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu yesterday facing kidnap, assault and resisting arrest charges.
Mr Ndhlovu remanded the duo in custody to today.
Prosecuting, Mr Tony Kamudyariwa said on August 17 along Nketa Drive near Western Commonage Court, the traffic police were carrying out an operation dubbed “No to Honda Fit,” targeting small unlicensed vehicles which he said have caused havoc along the road.
“At a certain point along Nketa Drive the driver picked up two officers, Mashora and Munyikwa based at Bulawayo Traffic West, who were clad in civilian attire and were purporting to be commuters,” said Mr Kamudyariwa.
He added that the officers identified themselves by showing their police identity cards to Nsingo who immediately stopped the car and refunded two other passengers asking them to get out of the car.
The prosecutor said: “Moyo then took over the steering wheel and drove at high speed toward Old Khami Road intersection. He was ordered to drive to Traffic West but did not take heed.” POLICE in Bulawayo have said about 69 of the 91 plain robberies that occurred in the city last month were committed by drivers of pirating Honda Fit vehicles.
Plain robberies are crimes committed by persons without using dangerous weapons such as guns or knives to enforce the seizure of someone else’s property.
Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube urged members of the public to avoid boarding pirate vehicles. He said the police have intensified a blitz on the unregistered cars.
In recent months, the city’s roads have seen a rise in pirate vehicles, a majority of them Honda Fits.
On Wednesday the police’s Bulawayo Traffic West unit impounded 45 vehicles mostly Honda Fit vehicles and arrested six drivers for various crimes.
He said by using Honda Fits members of the public were exposing themselves to dangerous crimes.
“These Honda Fit vehicles are linked to the commission of dangerous crimes of concern to us as police. They’re linked to robbery, rape and unlawful entry and theft cases happening in the city. Of the 91 robbery cases that were recorded in July, 75 percent have been linked to Honda Fit vehicle drivers,” he said.
Asst Insp Ncube said members of the public are robbed while being taken home by the Honda Fit drivers.
“He turned into Masiyephambili Drive and drove due north towards Ngozi mine, threatening the officers with death, indicating to
“They usually target the last person on the vehicle. Instead of dropping them at their intended destination they drive the client to some secluded place where they rob and dump them. It becomes difficult to trace their vehicles because most of them remove registration number plates,” said Asst Insp Ncube.
He said some of the drivers who conduct door to door deliveries, return to those premises to rob people.
“They conduct surveillance services in the pretext of door to door deliveries. After doing so they then inform their group who then go and break into those premises. We’re having many cases of unlawful entry being linked to Honda Fit vehicles.
“Members of the public are now targetsoftening instead of target-hardening, meaning
them that he wanted to prove that he was not human but a dog.”
The officers only managed to jump off they attract criminals through exposing their properties,” he said.
Asst Insp Ncube said Honda Fit drivers have become a menace in the city centre, especially along Robert Mugabe Way and 9th Avenue where they have made driving difficult for other motorists.
He said police will continue to rid the city’s public transport sector of unregistered operators.
“As police we’re mandated to uphold and safeguard members of the public. We’re concerned when members of the public are putting their lives at risk,” he said.
Asst Insp Ncube said concerted efforts are needed if police are to succeed in fighting crime.
He urged the public to report to the police any suspicious vehicles around their homes. — @ nqotshili.
the moving vehicle which had slowed down due to the bad state of the road. — @andile_ tshuma.
Brilliant Nsingo and Nicholas Moyo
Some of the vehicles, impounded during the operation, parked at Traffic West Police Station in Mpopoma, Bulawayo, yesterday