Police have arrested Zimbabwe’s seven most wanted armed robbers, including Musa Taj Abdul, commonly known as Salim Rahman (46), who was on police’s wanted list for nearly two decades.
The gang members were arrested in Beitbridge on Monday night, and a serving police officer who was sheltering them was also nabbed.
Abdul’s accomplices included former Masvingo Central police officer Rudolf Kanhanga alias Tapiwa Munatsi (29), Beitbridge-based police officer Tapiwa Mangoma alias Tapa (27), Liberty Mupamhanga (29), Prince Makodza (31), Godfrey Mupamhanga (27), Charles Lundu (47), and Innocent Jairos (32), all of Harare.
A team of detectives, duty uniform police, Support Unit and the canine unit pounced on the robbers at a house in the Mashavire area, now known as Tshitaudze suburbs.
Abdul, Mupamhanga, Makodza, Lundu and Munatsi incurred some injuries from dog bites and were taken to Beitbridge District Hospital for treatment.
A statement released by Beitbridge police after the arrests reveals that the gang members had arrived in the town at the invitation of their point man, Mangoma, a police officer. The statement read:
They were using a silver BMW and they intended to rob a house in the Mashavire area but were stopped before hitting the target when police detectives received a tip-off.
These suspects are also wanted persons in Harare in connection with over five armed robberies including the Mashwede, Makoni Shopping Centre, Blue Circle, Glen Norah B safe and the Marlborough shoot-out murder and many other armed robbery cases around Zimbabwe.
Police recovered a silver Norinco pistol with an obliterated serial number and a magazine with 11 live rounds, 19×12 bore gauge live rounds in a webbing belt placed in a black satchel stashed in a washing basket, and a pair of number plates AEX 1577 from the suspects.