Mutare Violence: Isau Mupfumi and other bus operators, touts and rank marshals ARRESTED! (SEE NAMES)

Commissioner Paul Nyathi

Mutare Bus Rank Violence: Arrests made as police crack down on perpetrators

In a significant operation, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has apprehended a number of bus operators, touts, criminal gangs, and rank marshals involved in the recent outbreak of public violence that shook Mutare on May 23rd and 24th, 2024.

In a statement, police spokesperson Commissioner Paul Nyathi said:

The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of bus operators, touts, criminal gangs and rank marshals in connection with public violence scenes which rocked Mutare on 23rd May 2024 and 24th May 2024.

The arrested suspects include:

Isau Mupfumi (62)
Jelous Mukorera (36)
Michael Chigaro (37)
Tatenda Chamusingarevi (22)
Cassidy Chabvuta (33)
Clayton Muchineripi (24)
Kudzanai Neshiri (24)
Donemore Dube (44)
Taurai Gumende (36)
Constantine Makombe (21)
Tawanda Matara (42)
Liberty Simonyi (28)
Rodrick Chiutsi (32)
James Bhekete (35)
Daniel Kaibo (35)
Daniel Edmore Shupai (25)
Noah Mabota (26)
Wayne Mafuta (21)
Blessing Chikukwa (30)
Donald Matakure (23)
Oracio Migayo (18)
Luckmore Shamhu (30)

Some of the suspects were hired and paid to engage in public violence using vehicles whilst carrying machetes and other weapons.

In one of the incidents, Police had to fire warning shots to effect arrests as the gangs were fighting and striking one another with machetes, stones, iron bars and other weapons. Some members of the public were caught in crossfire and sustained injuries.

The Police has recovered a white Toyota Hiace vehicle registration number ABF 2518, a white Toyota Belta vehicle registration number AFA 6517, a White Mazda 323 vehicle registration number ABM 8801, a silver Toyota Wish vehicle registration number AEP 6689, a white Honda Fit vehicle registration number AFM 1550, a white Toyota Aqua vehicle registration number AGG 0083, knives, hoe handles, iron bars, stones, two slushers, a red and black sjambok and a 1,5 metres deformed bar.

Several complainants have made reports of assault to the Police. Initial Police investigations indicate that there is a fight over loading bays and ranks at Harare-Mutare Old Rank in the Mutare Central Business District and Mudzviti Rank pitting Mupfumi buses and Mukumba buses.

The Police is appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of Leonard Mukumba, the owner of Mukumba Buses trading under the name Inter-Africa Bus Services in connection with the orgy of violence.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that any bus operator and their criminal gangs who try to cause chaos or violence at commuter ranks or bus termini will face the full wrath of the law. In this regard, bus operators are implored to lead by example and contribute towards the maintenance of law and order in the country.


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