A 25-year-old Harare man has been arrested on charges of stealing ammunition from his employer and then selling the ammunition on the black market to people who possibly included armed robbers.
Zimbabwe has of late witnessed a surge in cases of armed robberies, with many suspecting the weapons could have been smuggled in from across the borders.
Brighton Kanyandu has appeared in court facing theft and an alternative charge of contravening the Firearms Act when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Judith Taruvinga.
He was remanded in custody to Wednesday for bail application.
The court heard that during the period between March 2020 to March 2021, Kanyandu was employed as a gun smith by Ballistics Arms and Security situated at suite 1 Cathrine Court, number 103 Nelson Mandela Street in Harare.
It is alleged that during the same period, Kanyandu stole various ammunitions which include 300 x 22mm, 500 x 7.65mm and 200 x 22mm hornets from his employer.
The court heard that his employer later discovered the offence and reported the matter at Harare Central police.
On July 30, detectives from CID Homicide received information from a source to the effect that Kanyandu was illegally dealing in ammunition.
Court papers show that a follow up was made leading to Kanyandu’s arrest at his house. A search was conducted leading to the recovery of the ammunition in question. □