A Bulawayo man, Learnmore Kwari, reportedly teamed up with a former soldier, Ian Sibanda, to rob Matshazi family of US$23 000 which they wanted to use to buy a house from Kwari’s in-laws.
ZBC reports that Kwari who is still at large knew that his in-laws wanted to sell a house to the Matshazi family and is alleged to have tipped Sibanda who came up with a plan to rob the family.
The duo which was unaware that the family had not yet received the money from South Africa, proceeded to their victims’ house, forcefully gained entry into Mrs Matshazi’s house and demanded the money.
Mrs Matshazi’s the grandson, Brandon Matshazi, who was in a spare bedroom, heard the intruders demanding money from his family in the sitting room and allegedly armed himself with a golf club and stroke Sibanda before he disarmed him.
Kwari allegedly fled from the scene after seeing his colleague being overpowered.
The BMW vehicle which had its tyres deflated by angry residents was impounded and is being kept at Magwegwe Police Station as an exhibit.
Sibanda is reportedly the brains behind the formation of the now-defunct Emganwini’s Amazon FC which played in the lower rungs of the Zifa Southern Region leagues.
The former soldier is also the chairman of Emganwini Legends, a social soccer team which is home to ex-How Mine goalkeeper Nonjabulo Dube.
Sibanda, a well-known Highlanders fan, Friday appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Shepherd Munjanja for attempted robbery and contravening Section 4 (1) of the Firearms Act, Chapter 10;09 (purchasing, acquiring or having in possession any firearm or ammunition without holding firearm certificate).
Magistrate Munjanja did not ask Sibanda to plead guilty and he remanded him in custody.
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