FIVE robbers that held Harare Lawyer Joseph Nemaisa’s family hostage comprise of known criminals, a former police officer and two members of the Zimbabwe National Army.
Three robbers were shot dead by Nemaisa after he was alerted by his son whilst the other two who escaped were arrested yesterday.
The police identified the arrested duo as Ex-constable Francis Takura (33) and Private Virimai Nyandoro (37) of the ZNA.
The deceased robbers comprised of one of the US$2.7 million ZB Bank robbery suspects, Charles Chirara (30) who was on bail pending trial, Brian Koga Tendere (38), who was recently released from jail after serving 10 years for a 2011 robbery crime in Borrowdale and Tariro Gora (21), a rogue soldier who escaped from duty with a service rifle.
Police revealed the robbers’ identities in a statement by National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi last night.
The dead robbers had been identified through the National Fingerprints bureau and the Police Scenes of Crime experts.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi added that police recovered more ammunition at Gora’s apartment at 1 Commando Barracks.
“Police recovered a long bar, shifting spanner, five screw drivers, short bar spirit level, wheel spanner, pliers, AK47 magazine loaded with 17 by 7.62 mm live rounds, 12 by 7.62 mm spent cartridges and a Norinco Pistol with a magazine of six rounds at the scene of crime.
“Investigations by police so have revealed that the Norinco pistol was stolen through robbery on November 5 at a house along Bishop Gaul Avenue in Harare.
“Further investigations led to the recovery of a 22 rifle fitted with a telescopic sight, a 303 rifle, an AK 47 magazine loaded with 25 live rounds, 303 rifle magazine loaded with seven live rounds hidden in Tariro Gora’s room.
“Police have also established that Francis Takura was discharged from the Police Support Unit in year 2018.
“Brian Koga Tendere was recently released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence for a robbery case which occurred in Borrowdale in 2011.
“Charles Chirara was on bail pending trial for the ZB Bank robbery involving US$2 775 000 and ZW$40 000 cash in transit which occurred in Nyabira on January 6 this year while Gora was a rogue soldier who escaped from duty with a service rifle,” said the statement.
It added that the gang is linked to a spate of armed robbery cases in and around Harare with one complainant (50) identifying his stolen shoes through the suspects’ pictures which trended on social media.