3 Harare ZRP Police officers have been incriminated in a number of robberies that occurred in Claremont Orchards in Nyanga where people in the timber business were reportedly robbed and assaulted on several occasions, NewsDay reports.
The matter came to light in an internal memo that was seen by the publication that stated that the there police officers who have been fingered in the crimes committed in Nyanga and their accomplices are:
- Constable Tatenda Ndlovu stationed at ZRP Harare Central Business Centre Traffic
- Constable Listen Sibanda stationed at ZRP Harare Central Business Centre Traffic
- Constable Tariro Rangarirai of Harare Central Police Station.
- Forget Madzitire who is in the business of selling timber
- Nhamo Nyamutowa, who are into the business of selling timber
- Never Nyarumba who is unemployed.
The memo detailing the cops’ alleged crime from Officer Commanding Manicaland province, Commissioner Wiklef Makamache reads:
The background of the matter is that complainant one, three and four and accused number four were all in partnership with a timber business as from the first week of March. On March 23, the four proceeded to Harare with processed timber for sale.
On March 26 after selling their timber and sharing proceeds, complainants one and three returned to Nyanga, leaving the four accused in Harare.
On March 27, 2021 at around midnight, the accused persons drove to Nyanga using a silver ML Mercedes-Benz and proceeded to complainant one, Slyvester Makandwa and to the residence of Sharon Makandwa (husband and wife). The accused persons knocked at the dining door.
The complainant woke up and opened the door and the accused demanded money from them.
They were allegedly given US$300, and the accused started assaulting the complainant with open hands and a baton until he went to the bedroom and collected another US$850.
The accused allegedly went to several other victims’ homes, where they beat up their victims and demanded money. The total amount they collected during the robberies was US$1 245.
This comes a few weeks after a ZRP Police officer stationed at Hatfield Police station was gunned down together with 3 other robbers as they were attempting to rob a Harare businessman.