The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Tuesday refused to prosecute a team of security agents that allegedly robbed a Mbare shabeen owner of substantial amounts of money during the ShutDownZim protests.
The 10-member team of robbers is made up of police officers, Military Intelligence and Central Intelligence Organisation operatives.
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The security officials conspired to rob a Shabeen on Mangende Street in Mbare on February 8 while armed with assault rifles.
Eight members of the gang are Pride Ziwenga, Wilson Masvayamwando, and Admire Gasva (all Military Intelligence); Matthews Tshuma, Fidel Marume and Simbarashe Bwititi (all CIO); Henry Banda (PISI) and Dennis Muroyiwa (ZRP Law and Order).
The eight were let go after the NPA told police investigators to bring a full docket. A ZimLive source said:
The NPA wants police to complete their investigations and submit a consolidated file. They are not off-the-hook, the prosecution will proceed by way of summons.
According to the police, the group robbed the shebeen’s owner of $28 000 bond notes and $100 before driving away in a white Nissan MP300 with registration number AEA 4471, a white Nissan MP300 without registration plates and a Datsun Go without registration plates.
It was established that the vehicles used during the robbery belonged to the CIO.
The Central Intelligence Organisation otherwise known as the CIO is an arm of the Zimbabwe security sector whose line of work is inherently classified. For a very long time the organisation and its operations have ignited public debate and fueled speculation. Read More About Central Intelligence Organisation