A ZANU PF central committee member and businessman lost US$52,000 in an armed robbery at his Gold Class garage in Mutare on Sunday night, according to police reports.
Esau Mupfumi, who is the aspiring ZANU PF candidate for Mutare Central in upcoming elections, confirmed the loss but declined to provide details as police continue to investigate.
Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Nobert Muzondo told reporters, “Mupfumi was robbed, but I don’t have full details now as police detectives are still attending to the scene.”
Mupfumi owns a passenger transport business in addition to his political role.
Cases of armed robbery have been on the rise in the country, fueled by unemployment and economic difficulties. Almost daily, police receive reports of armed robberies. Mshikashika operators have also been accused of working with armed robbers to steal from unsuspecting passengers.
Police investigations into the Gold Class armed robbery are ongoing.