Masendeke’s younger brother kidnaps and robs police officer, goes on robbing spree

Edmund Edgar Masendeke’s younger brother Andrew Masendeke and his accomplices kidnapped and robbed Alfred Zvapera, a member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) stationed at Gokwe Traffic and his friend Ms Faith Ngwenyenyi.

Masendeke’s accomplices are Tapiwa Chimuti (29) who was sentenced to 91 years, Anyway Madala (27) sentenced to 76 years and Simbarashe Machiritsa (40) who was sentenced to 21 years. His other two accomplices, Matrimony Nyathi and Sydney Mangisi, are on the run. They are accused of committing armed robberies in Bulawayo, Zvishavane, Gweru, Shurugwi, Kwekwe and Kadoma. Masendeke was asked not to plead when he appeared before Gweru Provincial Magistrate Mrs Phathekhile Msipa yesterday facing seven counts of robbery, carjacking and kidnapping.

The court heard that he kidnapped Zvapera who was driving a Toyota Noah in the company of his female friend. Masendeke allegedly fired one shot into the air and ordered Zvapera to hand over his motor vehicle and any other valuables. Zvapera surrendered the vehicle keys, police identity card, a mobile phone and $4. It is alleged Masendeke and his accomplices allegedly forced the two into the vehicle and they held them hostage for two days. Masendeke was arrested in Chipinge where he was operating a taxi following a tip- off.

More: Herald

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police

Kadoma is a City located in Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe. The City's mayor is His Worship Muchineripi Chinyanganya. Read More About Kadoma

Chipinge is a Town located in Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. Read More About Chipinge

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