Mozam­bi­can rob­ber, rapist ar­rested

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

DE­TEC­TIVES in Mutare are work­ing with their coun­ter­parts in Mozam­bique to ac­count for two sus­pected armed rob­bers who fled into the neigh­bour­ing coun­try last week fol­low­ing the ar­rest of their ac­com­plice dur­ing a vi­o­lent bur­glary at a house in Morn­ing­side low-den­sity suburb.

The fugi­tive sus­pects are part of a no­to­ri­ous syn­di­cate that has been ter­ror­is­ing res­i­dents in the eastern bor­der city’s af­flu­ent sub­urbs.

Armed with ma­chetes, knives, ham­mers and all sorts of deadly weapons, the crim­i­nals broke into sev­eral premises at night and stole prop­erty.

At some in­stances, the cheeky rob­bers even raped vic­tims. Domingo Luis Zuze (29) of Bairo Vumba, Man­ica in Mozam­bique was ar­rested last week soon after the gang broke into a premise and be­gan loot­ing prop­erty.

De­tec­tives quickly re­sponded to a dis­tress call by the com­plainant, Idah Mure­wan­hema soon after the armed rob­bers broke into her premises. When the cops ar­rived at the scene the three sus­pects took to their heels. Warn­ing shots were fired and Zuze failed to jump over the fence lead­ing to his ar­rest. Upon his ar­rest de­tec­tives searched him and found a knife, cat­a­pults and a torch in his pock­ets.

On De­cem­ber 2, Zuze made pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tions at var­i­ous houses where he and his ac­com­plices had bro­ken into. Some of the vic­tims were called in and pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied him as one of the sus­pects who robbed them.

He was also pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied to have raped some of the vic­tims dur­ing the vi­o­lent break-ins.

On Mon­day, Zuze ap­peared be­fore Miss Per­se­ver­ance Makala at the Mutare Mag­is­trates Courts fac­ing one count of rape and 24 counts of armed rob­bery.

He was or­dered to ap­ply for bail at the High Court since he was fac­ing a Third Sched­ule of­fence.

Mr Mathew Chimu­tunga pros­e­cuted.

To­gether with his ac­com­plices only iden­ti­fied as Agoshtinyu Chi­rara and Peter who are all Mozam­bi­can na­tion­als, Zuze al­legedly broke into 24 houses in Mutare in the last three months.

They stole house­hold prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars as well as com­mit­ted rape crimes.

De­tec­tives han­dling the case re­vealed that law en­force­ment agents in Mozam­bique were as­sist­ing to bring the fugi­tive sus­pects to book and ac­count for the crimes they com­mit­ted in Zim­babwe.

“We have fin­ished do­ing the nec­es­sary pa­pers that en­able us to travel to Mozam­bique and ar­rest the sus­pects. Our col­leagues in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try are be­ing sup­port­ive and we hope to catch up with the crim­i­nals soon,” said a source who could not be named cit­ing pro­to­col.

Domingo Luis Zuze

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