Trio up for robbing taxi driver at gunpoint

HARARE - Two men and a woman who allegedly robbed a taxi at gunpoint have appeared before a Harare magistrate.

Chengetanai Muchenje, 28, Edward Makuni, 27, and Sphiwe Kundishora, 26, last week appeared before magistrate Noel Mupeiwa on charges of robbing a motor vehicle.

The court heard, Muchenje and his accomplices hired Revai Mapuranga’s taxi, purportedly for the intention of ferrying a two-year-old sick child who had just been discharged from Parirenyatwa Hospital in September 2011.

The three indicated that they were going to Waterfalls and Mapuranga agreed, the court heard.

Upon arrival in Waterfalls, Muchenje allegedly ordered Mapuranga to stop, produced a pistol and pointed it at Mapuranga while Makuni produced knife.

Makuni tied Mapuranga with a string as Muchenje took over the wheels, the court heard.

The trio allegedly searched Mapuranga and took $180 and a cellphone before driving away.

Mapuranga was later dumped in Waterfalls suburb, the court heard. He later managed to free himself and filed a police report.

The vehicle, the court heard, was found dumped along Churchill Road with its tyres punctured.

The three will remain in remand prison until February 8 when they return to court for trial. - Ivan Zhakata

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