Three suspected robbers have been nabbed by Police in Ngundu after a foiled armed robbery on a villager at Zivuku Village under Chief Nemauzhe in Chivi.
The incident happened on Thursday evening last week, and the three are now facing five counts of armed robbery.
A woman foiled the robbery when she banged the door of her sitting room in the face of an armed robber who wanted to force his way into the house. Having failed to enter the house, one of the suspects fired two shots into the upper part of the door.
Rosebita Chagumira and her husband Alfonse Zivukwa screamed for help, and villagers responded in their numbers and rushed to the scene forcing the three suspects to escape.
The suspected robbers are Talkmore Maruva (38) and Jacob Gwenhamo (38), both from Headman Masunda’s area under Chief Nemauzhe in Chivi and a former South African Defence Forces (SADF) Frank Fannie Manzini (54), who was now staying at Ngundu Business Centre.
Masvingo Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident and advised the public to be cautious against armed robbers.
“As Zimbabwe Republic Police in Masvingo, we received the report. We are proud of the community that showed unity and set the pace for others. Therefore, I urge the public to also ensure their safety as they deal with armed robbers,” said Dhewa.
According to sources, the accused met Chagumira at the door on her way out of the sitting room, and she slammed the door forcing the accused out. The accused then discharged a firearm twice on the door.
Villagers ran after the robbers, and another villager (name withheld) who had a car pursued the robbers towards Ngundu but the suspects vanished into the bush.
A Police report was filed at Ngundu at 7:30 pm on the same day. CID Mwenezi attended the scene and collected empty cartridges. Gwenhamo was arrested the following day after police investigations, and this led to the arrest of Maruva and then Manzini. A Glock 17 pistol with a magazine with 11 rounds was recovered from Manzini.