Three police officers, Happymore Gwande (35) of Nyabira ZRP, Ronald Masendeke (29) of ZRP Southerton, Mupfugami Govai (35) of ZRP Southerton and ex-police members Francis Takura (32) and Tozivepi Chirara (28) were arrested on charges of robbing a Guruve miner of 92 grammes of gold and US$2 700 at gunpoint.
The gang appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with armed robbery and was remanded in custody.
The gang allegedly hatched a plan to rob the complainant, who is the owner of Zembere Pinda Mining Syndicate in Kachuta, Guruve, after he had asked a former Masvingo Fidelity Refineries employee, Hamilton Nyoka, to help him to sell 92,5 grammes of gold.
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Nyoka, who is still at large, instructed the complainant to meet them at Jameson Hotel in Harare where he met two men whom he introduced as gold buyers.
The man then went to to a flat along Josiah Chinamano Avenue, a place the “buyers” claimed to be their office.
When they arrived at the flat, Gwande, Masendeke and Govai and another man only identified as Jonso, who is also at large, accosted the complainant and introduced themselves as detectives from CID Minerals.
They took away the complainant’s US$2 700, a Samsung J12 Core, a Samsung A2 Core and a Techno mobile phone.
The following day (February 14), the complainant reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of the accused persons.