The husband of a woman who allegedly stole a baby from its mother at a grocery store in Harare last month was arrested in Murombedzi, Zvimba, in Mashonaland West Province on Monday.
Gift Chemhuru (40) was arrested by police at his homestead in Zvimba in connection with the kidnapping of four-week-old Tamiranashe Chadwick at Spar Supermarket, Montague Shopping Centre in Harare on 22 October 2020.
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The woman suspected of snatching the baby, Mirriam Bwanali, who is Chemhuru’s wife, escaped before police could apprehend her. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Gift Chemhuru (40) following the kidnapping of a four-week-old baby at Spar Supermarket, Montague Shopping Centre, Harare on 22nd October 2020.
The baby was rescued from the suspect’s homestead on 2nd November 2020 in Zvimba following a tip-off from members of the public who heard the baby crying incessantly without being breastfed.
The baby has since been taken to Zvimba District Hospital.
Meanwhile, police are looking for the key suspect in this case, Mirriam Bwanali, the wife of Gift Chemhuru, in connection with the same matter. She escaped during the time police were called in.
Gift Chemhuru was also wanted for Theft and Motor Vehicle related offences.
The baby has since been reunited with its parents after they were called in by the police and positively identified him.