A man accused of committing over a dozen robberies and rapes in Harare has escaped from remand prison.
ZimLive reported sources as saying Sam Muropa (31), escaped from Harare Remand Prison on 1 October after scaling the security wall by using a chair and three concrete pillars.
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Muropa was arrested in August and charged with 19 counts of robbery, six counts of rape, one count of aggravated indecent assault, and three counts of indecent assault.
He was also charged with one count of money laundering and one count of impersonating an officer after allegedly posing as a soldier to commit a spate of crimes in Harare.
Authorities believe he was assisted by prison officers in the escape. A ZimLive source at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) said:
Muropa was a category D prisoner and was occupying Cell 12. He was reported missing at about 4.30 PM on October 1.
As far as I know, it was not until October 3 that a report was made to the police. I suspect someone within prisons wanted a cover-up because clearly, he had inside help.
But knowing the kind of crimes Muropa is accused of, you would think the prison service would have issued an immediate alert to inform the country that a dangerous prisoner accused of raping up to 21 women was on the loose.
Muropa was reportedly wearing a green tracksuit and khaki prison shirt when he escaped.
The prison shirt was found hanging from a razor wire on the prison wall where he allegedly jumped over.