Di­a­mond mine robbed

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

DE­TEC­TIVES in Mutare are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an armed rob­bery case in which sus­pected 10 rogue law en­force­ment agents teamed up with more than 100 il­le­gal di­a­mond pan­ners and forced their way into the Chi­adzwa di­a­mond fields and looted tonnes of di­a­mond ore in the mid­dle of the night.

The cun­ning crim­i­nals dis­armed Zim­babwe Con­sol­i­dated Di­a­mond Min­ing Com­pany se­cu­rity guards and tied them up with shoe laces be­fore mak­ing good their es­cape.

Po­lice sources re­vealed that the value of the stolen ore is yet to be es­tab­lished. Cir­cum­stances are that on March 24 at around 5pm the com­plainant Te­dious Mun­yanyi (50) who is em­ployed at the mine as a se­cu­rity guard knocked off duty leav­ing Vic­tor Chipan­gura (61), Den­nis Man­gara (36) and Misheck Mucheche (29) on duty.

They are all em­ployed as se­cu­rity guards. On the same day at around 11pm Mucheche was man­ning his point at Pa­trol 3 point when he heard some move­ments in the plant.

He then made some perime­ter checks and saw a torch light point­ing at him. As he was ap­proach­ing the source of the light he was grabbed from

◆ From Page 1 be­hind by some of the rob­bers. He fell to the ground.

While ly­ing on the ground he no­ticed that one of the rob­bers was dressed in Zim­babwe Na­tional Army mil­i­tary re­galia and hold­ing an AK47 as­sault ri­fle. The sus­pect kicked him on the chest and asked him to dis­close the num­ber of guards who were on duty with him. Mucheche’s dog which he was han­dling got loose and ran away. At this point, his ser­vice ra­dio shouted from the con­trol room ask­ing for the sit­u­a­tion at his point of guard. One of the rob­bers who was clad in army re­galia an­swered back and pre­tended as if ev­ery­thing was nor­mal and un­der con­trol.

How­ever, in an in­stant Mucheche man­aged to kick the hand-held ra­dio from the ac­cused per­son and it fell on the ground. He picked the ra­dio and shouted for help.

At that time he dis­cov­ered that the area was now sur­rounded by at least ten sus­pects, four of them clad in riot po­lice uni­form and the other six in army at­tire. They were all armed with AK 47 as­sault ri­fles.

The rob­bers tied his hands and forced him to lie down with his stom­ach.

Af­ter re­al­is­ing that Mucheche’s point of guard was un­der at­tack, Chipan­gura and Man­gara armed them­selves with shot guns and went to Pa­trol 3 to check what was tak­ing place. Upon ar­rival they failed to lo­cate their col­league and they pro­ceeded to an ob­ser­va­tion point where they were sub­se­quently dis­armed and had their hands tied by the rob­bers. They were then force-marched to a point where the ac­cused per­sons had gath­ered di­a­mond ore. The three se­cu­rity guards dis­cov­ered some il­le­gal di­a­mond pan­ners num­ber­ing more than 100 who were car­ry­ing the di­a­mond ore us­ing sacks.

Four hours later the rob­bers force marched the three se­cu­rity guards to­wards Odzi River where they re­leased them. Soon af­ter their re­lease they pro­ceeded to their work­place and re­cov­ered their shot guns at the ob­ser­va­tion point.

A re­port was then made at ZRP Marange un­der Re­ports Re­ceived Book Num­ber 2956931. De­tec­tives from Mutare Cen­tral at­tended the scene and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.

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