An illegal foreign currency dealer was shot and killed by robbers outside a lodge in Bulawayo’s Kumalo suburb who with reports claiming that they went away with US$20 000.
Madakwa Mapako (48) was gunned down at around 8 PM on Thursday near Continental Lodge where he had gone to make a transaction, his young brother Pardon.
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Bulawayo Province Police spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident but said the deceased was killed in the company of his girlfriend. Said Ncube:
Police are investigating a case of murder which occurred outside a hotel in Bulawayo where a male adult, Madakwa Mapako was shot on the chest by armed robbers.
The deceased had gone with a girlfriend to the hotel where he was only booked for 30 minutes. Upon getting out of the hotel, as he was trying to get into the car, a man emerged from the back and grabbed him. Two men joined in and in the ensuing scuffle. Mapako was shot on the chest.
However, Pardon accused the police of inefficiency, saying his brother had been stalked by the robbers since February 21 and a report was made to the police.