A HARARE woman is on the run after she allegedly broke into her husband’s safe before stealing guns and then renting them out to armed robbers.
Police officers reportedly recovered two pistols during a raid at Norest Kufa’s Glendale residence in Harare after arresting suspected armed robber, Edwin Muchagwa, 42, ZimLive reports.
On Tuesday, Muchagwa appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court charged with two counts of armed robbery and impersonating a police officer. Magistrate Barbra Mateko rolled over the matter to January 28.
Kufa who is also known as Munjaranja, has been labelled as the heart of an armed robbery ring.
It is alleged that the 39-year-old broke into her husband’s safe before stealing guns which she allegedly rented out to Muchagwa and other criminals
Further allegations are that police recovered two stolen vehicles – a Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Allion – which she allegedly bought for a song from Muchagwa. The court heard Kufa is on the run after evading police capture.
Further allegations are that when Muchagwa was arrested on a separate robbery charge, he implicated Sean Kondo, Clemence Tafireyi Shongera and Checksmore Godza in the Chitungwiza robbery.
When police searched Godza’s residence, they recovered a stolen mobile phone with the Chitungwiza victim’s pictures on it.
It is also the State’s case that Muchagwa led police to Kufa’s house where two guns used in the robberies were recovered as well as the two stolen vehicles.
In other news, military commanders at the Air Force Of Zimbabwe’s Josiah Tungamirai (formerly Thornhill) Air Base in Gweru have refused to hand over a soldier who shot and killed a civilian.
The commanders are reported to have prevented the police from arresting the soldier in question.
The soldier, Staff Sergeant Evidence Makuyana, was on patrol when he came across Ziyesa Tsvetera’s vehicle, which was parked near the perimeter of the Air Base. When Makuyana and his colleague approached the car to question the driver, Tsvetera panicked and raced away.
The staff sergeant fired three warning shots in the air, but Tsvetera did not stop. After the three warning shots, Makuyana fired two shots at the vehicle. The two soldiers then followed Tsvetera in another vehicle and discovered that he had been hit.
He died from the wounds while admitted at the hospital.