Four suspected robbers who reportedly ganged up with soldiers and police officers to storm Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company reserves in Chiadzwa in 2017 have been hauled before the courts.
The four suspects have been identified as Foster Mukwada (44), from Mhandu village under Chief Marange; Amato Fanuel Zivanai (34), of Makwikwi village in Shurugwi; Munyaradzi Charakupa (43), of Kadoma; and Brian Marungamise (33). The appeared before Mutare magistrate Nyasha Kuture, facing 10 counts of armed robbery.
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The quartet allegedly raided ZCDC premises on November 29, 2019, armed with AK-47 assault rifles and in the company of 6 soldiers and illegal panners.
The robbers in military fatigues proceeded to disarm security guards at the premises and went sackfuls away with diamond ore.
The suspected robbers used the same modus operandi several times until they were waylaid by police officers and arrested.
Chiadzwa is an area which falls under Marange. It was well known for its vast diamond reserves and alluvial mining. Chiadzwa was at the centre of activity between 2003 and 2006 due to massive informal diamond mining which was taking place. The area attracted informal... Read More About Chiadzwa
Marange area is located in the mountainous border town of Mutare under Manicaland province in Zimbabwe. Marange is traditionally administered by the Marange chieftaincy. It is located about 100 km south-west of Mutare city. The area is predominantly home to the Manyika speaking Marange people.... Read More About Marange