SHOT & ROBBED 2 thugs hi­jack taxi, dump wounded driver

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

TWO Gwanda men al­legedly lured a taxi driver to Mat­sheumh­lope in Bu­l­awayo where they shot him in the leg, tied his legs and hands, stole more than R8 000 from him be­fore dump­ing him along Old Esigo­dini Road and driv­ing off in his ve­hi­cle.

A court heard that the pair left the ve­hi­cle, be­long­ing to Chilly’s Taxis, at Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal where po­lice re­cov­ered it.

Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya re­manded Tel­more Dube (26) in cus­tody to Novem­ber 4.

Al­le­ga­tions are that Dube and his ac­com­plice Khum­bu­lani Moyo who is still at large, con­nived to rob Farai Ching­wara of his car, money and two cell phones.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tau­rai Hon­doye­moto told the court that on Septem­ber 26, at 10AM, Ching­wara parked his taxi at a cen­tre park­ing at OK Ja­son Moyo and 9th Av­enue where Moyo ap­proached him.

“Moyo told the com­plainant that he had United States dol­lars that he wanted to con­vert to South African Rand. They ex­changed con­tact de­tails and agreed to meet later on the same day to fi­nalise the deal. Moyo called the com­plainant at 2PM and they met again at OK Ja­son Moyo, to­gether with Dube,” said Mr Hon­doye­moto.

“They asked the com­plainant to drive along 12 Av­enue Ex­ten­sion al­leg­ing that they wanted to col­lect money from Moyo’s brother.

“The pair told Ching­wara to turn into Brent­wood Road where they asked him to park un­der a tree. Moyo dis­em­barked from the car pre­tend­ing to make a phone call.”

The court heard that Ching­wara got out of the car too but re­alised that Moyo was hold­ing a gun. He pointed it at him and de­manded cash.

“Moyo dragged Ching­wara to the back of the car where he shot him once be­low the left knee. Fear­ing for his life, Ching­wara di­rected the as­sailants to where his money was.

“Moyo pushed Ching­wara into the back seat of the car be­fore jump­ing to the driver’s seat. He took R8 000 and $60 from the dash board,” said Mr Hon­doye­moto.

“Dube tied Ching­wara’s hands and legs us­ing shoelaces and blind­folded him. They dumped Ching­wara at old Esigo­dini Road op­po­site Ilanda Gar­dens and drove away. The duo later dumped the stolen taxi at Ingut­sheni Hospi­tal. Dube was ar­rested on Satur­day at his home in Gwanda.”

He said both phones that were stolen from Ching­wara were re­cov­ered in Dube’s pos­ses­sion.

The to­tal value of prop­erty that was stolen is $3 700 and $3 040 was re­cov­ered.—@tan­nytkay.

Mrs Juliet Kwang­wari (right) and Mrs Prim­rose Musendo who are maize ven­dors in Beit­bridge sell the grain to a client (out of pic­ture) re­cently. The en­ter­pris­ing women who sell a bucket of maize for R100 get their stock from as far as Beatrice. On what they con­sider a good day, they sell about 10 buck­ets of maize. — (Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri)

Tel­more Dube

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