Ca­reer crim­i­nal thrown out of Ku­malo house

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

IN­CAR­CER­ATED no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nal John Raphael Ma­suku has been evicted from a house he used to own in Bu­l­awayo’s Ku­malo sub­urb.

Ma­suku was ar­rested in Jan­uary dis­cov­ered stolen goods at the house.

Po­lice re­cov­ered stolen prop­erty stashed in the ceil­ing while more was buried in the yard.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found the rest at his ru­ral home in Ntabazin­duna and po­lice filled up an eight-tonne truck with the loot.

Ma­suku is de­tained at Khami Re­mand Prison as his case is still be­ing heard in court.

Ten­ants at the house yes­ter­day said Ma­suku sold it in 2013 and the new owner came and evicted them.

They told The Chron­i­cle that Ma­suku’s wife, Tracy, a pas­tor at a lo­cal church, dis­ap­peared on Mon­day af­ter as­sur­ing them that they would con­tinue liv­ing in the house.

The ten­ants said they were, how­ever, shocked af­ter the new owner came yes­ter­day morn­ing and started throw­ing their prop­erty out of the house.

When a Chron­i­cle news crew vis­ited the house yes­ter­day, the stranded ten­ants were camped out­side the yard say­ing they have nowhere to go.

Some of the items that were re­moved from the house in­cluded three car wrecks that were said to be­long to Ma­suku.

The ten­ants blamed Tracy for their woes, say­ing she af­ter po­lice col­lected rentals last week, leav­ing them des­per­ate.

“Where will we get a house to rent in the mid­dle of the month? His wife Tracy yes­ter­day (Mon­day) as­sured us that noth­ing was go­ing to hap­pen to us when she left. She ac­tu­ally col­lected rentals. About 10 fam­i­lies were liv­ing in this house. We no longer have money,” said one of the ten­ants.

An­other ten­ant said Ma­suku sold the house in 2013 but that in­for­ma­tion was kept se­cret un­til the new owner came.

“His wife moved out yes­ter­day and the new owner came to­day and started re­mov­ing our prop­erty. Some of us were at work but he broke into our houses and re­moved our things. He re­moved ev­ery­thing and changed the lock sets. We’re blam­ing ev­ery­thing on Ma­suku’s wife. Sur­pris­ingly she claims that she is a pas­tor. What kind of a pas­tor does this?” asked the ten­ant.

The ten­ants said Tracy has not been an­swer­ing her mo­bile phone.

The Chron­i­cle un­reach­able.

Ma­suku is fac­ing over 30 counts of crim­i­nal cases in­clud­ing theft, rob­bery and fraud.

He has been charged with 19 counts of theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles and a count of rob­bery with the State lin­ing up more than 50 wit­nesses against him, one of whom was robbed of im­por­tant doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the case.

Re­ports in 2003 also de­scribed Ma­suku as a no­to­ri­ous car­jacker who was fac­ing charges of steal­ing nine lux­ury ve­hi­cles worth over $9,7 mil­lion at the time. — @nqot­shili also tried con­tact­ing her but she was

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