IN a hair raising incident daring six masked armed robbers pounced at a house in Bulawayo’s Queenspark suburb and force-marched two nak_ed suspected money changers to a safe and got away with $28 000.
The assailants, armed with pistols, knives and an iron bar, allegedly raided Mandishupa Phiri and her siblings.
A family member who requested not to be named said they kicked open the door and headed straight to Phiri’s bedroom.
“They found her lying nak_ed wearing undergarments only. She was lucky that they did not rap_e her.
They warned her to co-operate with them, failure to that they would shoot her dead. And she had to adhere to their instructions,” said a family source.
Three of the robbers, sources told B-Metro, took turns to hit Mandishupa with a pistol butt and demanded foreign currency from her.
“They threatened to shoot anyone who would try to scream. They said someone informed them that Anita and Mandishupa were money changers, as such they demanded foreign currency from her while threatening to finish her off if she ever refused with it. It was a terrible hair-raising incident,” she said.
Fearing for her life, the source said, Mandishupa denied that she had foreign currency. However, she told them that she only had $28 000.
“She led them to the spare bedroom where one of her siblings Anita was lying in deep sleep and had only wrapped herself with a towel. They grabbed her by the neck and placed the gun on her throat while demanding that she surrenders all the cash to them. She showed them where she had stashed it. They got away with it,” said a source close to investigations.
The duo of Anita and Mandishupa made a police report. The case was recorded under RRB2920890.
Bulawayo police spokeperson Inspector Abednico Ncube could not be reached for an update on the investigations.