SHINE Tanaka Nyamhunga, the Harare man who allegedly provided armed robbers with information in the Chadcombe robbery case has appeared in court this Saturday charged with armed robbery.
The 21-year-old Nyamhunga was remanded in custody by a Harare magistrate to the 28th of this month.
It is alleged that Nyamhunga and his alleged accomplices connived to steal from their employer.
The court heard that Nyamhunga told his accomplices that his employer kept cash in a safe at his home in Chadcombe.
However, their plan failed to work after the gang attacked the wrong house where three of the alleged robbers were killed in a shootout.
Police say Nyamhunga, who recently completed his A Levels in Mutoko, was in constant touch with the now deceased One Commando rogue soldier Tariro Gora, feeding him information that his boss was keeping huge sums of cash at a house in Chadcombe.
Gora had skipped duty with a service rifle, but was gunned down by Nemaisa during the ensuing hostage situation.
The actual targeted house is close to the Nemaisa’s home where the five robbers ended up besieging the family. Apparently, the armed robbers got lost and ended up at Nemaisa’s home, where three of them were outgunned and died.
In a statement issued Friday, ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the attack on the Nemaisa home was a case of mistaken target as the robbers were being directed on the phone by Nyamhunga to a house on the same street.
“Shine Tanaka Nyamhunga had given his accomplices some information that on some cash transactions at a company where he is employed,” Nyathi said.
“He told his accomplices that the money is kept at his employer’s house in Chadcombe. The employer stays about four or five houses from the Nemaisa residence.”
The five, who included serving members of the army as well as former police officers, have since been linked to robberies that took place weeks ago in Marondera, Belvedere, Mabelreign, Hatfield and Cold Comfort.
In their robbery spree, the gang amassed cash more than US$50,000 and an assortment of expensive phones, laptops, wrist watches, guns and other gadgets as they robbed their victims with reckless abandon.