Rob­bers in court for ‘raid­ing’ 43 shops, schools

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mid­lands Correspondent

PO­LICE in Gokwe have ar­rested two armed rob­bers who, to­gether with Cuth­bert Dube, al­legedly robbed 43 shops and schools at gun­point in Zhombe and Kwekwe.

Kelvin Dube (32) of Amaveni high den­sity sub­urb and Tafadzwa Ma­girisa (24) of Mbizo high den­sity sub­urb in Kwekwe were last week ar­raigned be­fore Gokwe Mag­is­trate, Mr Solomon Jenya, fac­ing 43 counts of armed rob­bery and un­law­ful en­try.

Dube and Ma­girisa pleaded not guilty and were re­manded in cus­tody to tomorrow for trial.

For the State Mr Michael Mhene al­leged that dur­ing the pe­riod ex­tend­ing from Fe­bru­ary 18 to March 30 last year, the two ac­cused per­sons and their ac­com­plices in­clud­ing Cuth­bert and Salam Manyak­wenda raided shops in Zhombe and Red­cliff in Kwekwe and went away with money, cars, fur­ni­ture, mo­bile phones and gro­ceries on 43 oc­ca­sions.

Cuth­bert is al­ready serv­ing a 20-year jail term for steal­ing cop­per ca­bles in Gokwe while Manyak­wenda is still at large.

Mr Mhene told the court that on 22 Fe­bru­ary 2015, the duo con­nived with Cuth­bert and Manyak­wenda and armed them­selves with a 303 ri­fle to raid shops at St An­drew’s Busi­ness Cen­tre in Zhombe. They al­legedly robbed shop own­ers and in­di­vid­u­als. The quar­tet, the court heard, robbed Mr Oswald Masakadza of a Nis­san Bluebird Sedan which they used as a getaway car.

They dumped the car in Kwekwe after it ran out of fuel.

e four men al­legedly shared the loot and went on a drink­ing spree.

On March 12 at mid­night, Mr Mhene said, the quar­tet went to Darangwe busi­ness cen­tre in Zhombe armed with the same ri­fle and robbed sev­eral shops be­fore steal­ing a Mazda B 1800 truck be­long­ing to Mr Tony Chi­mombe at gun point. They used it to carry the loot and sped off. They also pounced on Chana Pri­mary School in Kwekwe and stole ca­bles, bore­hole pumps and wa­ter pipes.

The court heard that the gang used the same method to rob sev­eral other shops and in­di­vid­u­als in Kwekwe, Zhombe and Red­cliff where they stole money and goods val­ued at $21 485.

Mr Mhene said they ran out luck when po­lice got a tip off from mem­bers of the pub­lic in Kwekwe lead­ing to their ar­rest.

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