‘DOGS’ KID­NAP 2 COPS Pi­rate taxi crew abducts po­lice to prove ‘they are not hu­man’ ‘Honda Fit driv­ers ac­count for most rob­beries’

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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

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