TWO suspected robbers accused of terrorising the Shurugwi mining community have appeared before a local magistrate facing 12 counts of robbery as the police escalate the fight against machete-wielding criminals.
The two suspects Kudakwashe Ndela (19) and Edson Nyathi (21) all from Shurugwi appeared before a local magistrate Sithabile Zungula facing a spate of armed robberies around Bonsa mine in Shurugwi.
The state-led by Taurai Mutodi submitted that the two suspects would target service stations and miners to rob them of their valuables including money, cell phones and gold ore worth thousands of dollars using machetes and sjamboks to scare their victims. The state also alleges that several of the stolen goods and the tools of trade used by the suspects have since been recovered during police investigations.
Magistrate Zungula has since remanded the two suspects in custody to the 10th of this month for trial.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Acting Officer Commanding Assistant commissioner Peter Sibanda says it is no longer business as usual when dealing with the machete yielding gangs in the province.
“I can assure the Midlands public that we will not rest until we arrest all the perpetrators. It is unacceptable that people cannot move freely because of these people that commit such serious cases. It is unacceptable that Zimbabwe and Midlands province, in particular, becomes unsafe for its citizens, we will not accept that. And as Midlands’ province I can assure that we are taking stern measures against anybody who is wielding a machete and anybody who commits such a serious offence will account for that,” he said.
Assistant commissioner Sibanda dismissed insinuations that suggested that the machete yielding gangs were a product of political bigwigs saying such allegations are unfounded.
“All I can say is that these are pure criminals committing heinous offences and we should account for them. It’s a collective responsibility and the police to account for these people. I am not sure that there is a political hand behind them what I know is that these are pure criminals and we should collectively make Zimbabwe safe by getting rid of them,” he added.
The law enforcement establishment has since declared war on machete-wielding gangs who have been terrorising and murdering members of the community countrywide with the recent one being the murder of a police officer on duty in Kadoma which culminated in dozens of such suspects being locked up in connection with the case.