Drama at robber's funeral

HARARE - There was drama at Boris Mushonga’s funeral wake yesterday, as gunshots were fired at the late robber’s Mbare home.

The 23-year-old man was one of five people killed in a horror crash on Thursday after their Toyota Raum was involved in a head-on collision with a Muzeya Bus near Zindoga Shopping Centre in Harare last week.

As people gathered to bid farewell to Mushonga in Rusike Street, mourners had to scurry for cover after police detectives fired warning shots as they tried to apprehend the alleged robber’s fleeing friends, who are also on the force’s wanted list for various crimes.

Moments before the police’s arrival, friends and associates of the now deceased “robber”, had snatched the coffin to go for a spin, and parade their fallen comrade” in a gangster-style farewell around the populous suburb.

Dereck Mushonga, the family spokesperson, also confirmed to the Daily News there was commotion “when the coffin was snatched.”

“We were preparing to go to Granville Cemetery when his friends snatched the coffin and took it for a farewell ride,” he said.

The late Boris’ uncle also said that “police had laid an ambush on his nephew’s friends” and the ride was short-lived as detectives pounced on the procession, firing warning shots into the air to bring order and retrieve the coffin.

“People fled in different directions and it was only after the melee had died down that we were able to pick up the coffin, which had fallen by the roadside,” said Mushonga.

The drama played out in Mbare early on Monday after four of Mushonga’s friends had been buried at the weekend.

Although police spokesperson Charity Charamba declined to confirm whether or not the deceased was on the police wanted list, police sources told this paper that on the fateful day, Mushonga and his colleagues had pounced on a foreign national and grabbed $25 000.

“They used to operate as a gang with a woman to disguise their intentions,” a detective in the Homicide section told the Daily News. “We handled many armed robbery cases against the team.”

Plain clothed detectives had been camped at the funeral since Thursday last week staking out potential accomplices and other robbers.

When the Daily News visited Mushonga’s homestead, visibly shaken mourners said they had never experienced what they saw yesterday. The drama was also captured on camera by mourners.

Dereck Mushonga said their family was “concerned by the police’s behaviour”, charging the cops had caused such a commotion, anxiety and unnecessary disturbance at the wake.

“Yvonne, Boris’ mother who had come all the way from Ireland was very disturbed by what happened,” he said.

The Daily News was denied access to the grieving mum.

Nonetheless, the late youngster was buried alongside his four comrades at the ever-expanding Granville Cemetery, popularly known as kuMbudzi.

Police sources said Boris and his accomplices had huge sums of cash when they collided with the bus, but the cash had mysteriously disappeared at the accident scene.

“There are many stories... about him and his colleagues to the effect that they had a lot of money when they died, but I don’t know anything about that,” Dereck said.

Some of the late gangster’s friends told this paper that Boris’ face had been badly damaged and they had to identify him through tattoos on his body, including one of his wrist and reading “the most wanted”.

Comments (20)

can sane relatives fail to find fault with the robers but with police in this issue?

willard sibanda - 22 October 2013

mwana wenyu ndiye mbavha,police were merely doin their job.

eazy - 22 October 2013

the wages of sin

steady - 22 October 2013

You can say that again Willard. Surely they see everything "wrong" with the police and nothing wrong in the snatching of the coffin. Kujaira kudya zvekuba. shame.

Zvichapera Chete - 22 October 2013

This paper seems to be sympathising with the robbers. I am getting it correctly? I know you hate the government, but when you see hatred overriding crime. I just can not understand it

piripiri - 22 October 2013

This paper seems to be sympathising with the robbers. I am getting it correctly? I know you hate the government, but when you see hatred overriding crime. I just can not understand it

piripiri - 22 October 2013

Coffin rakasnachwa sei ndivo vakavapa

Hazvie - 22 October 2013

@piripiri,i seem to see th same.instead of telling us if the accomplices wher caught tangosiyiwa tichi speculator

ndn - 22 October 2013

.......Ndiyo iya inonzi here wafa wanaka gentle.......Hamheno

The Analyst - 22 October 2013

@ Piripiri your comprehension skills leave a lot to be desired. Where is the sympathy for the alleged robbers in this report and where does the alleged hatred of the government by this paper come into the equation? I take it that you are aggrieved that the Daily News tells it like it is, without fear or favour. In that case I advise you to stick to. Pravda!!!!

Moffat - 22 October 2013

Got what he deserves. At 23, he was only a kid who failed to respect himself and the world. Crime does not pay.

fokolo - 23 October 2013

If only the police could act with such enthusiasm in apprehending perpetrators of political crimes particularly those in the non tshinja camp. Still a lot of outstanding cases from 2008.

Homo Erectus - 23 October 2013

Poetic Justice!. live terrorizing people and you will die a painful death and to add salt to the injury, a disgraceful burial.

flavos - 23 October 2013


jacob - 23 October 2013

The Police was doing their Job. mwana wenyu gororo akanakirwa. look at all the distress he caised to all his victims. mwari wanoona. weku Ireland akabhururuka kuuya kuzovoga gororo shuwa. and wat has his presence got to do with the going ons at the funeral!

Takaz - 23 October 2013

I don't even sympathise with the mother of the devil, the women who sang for him at the funeral, all evil, the idiots must bury their devil in silence. Those who are still alive, very soon, pay back time is catching up with you. You all stink.

reason - 23 October 2013

Mwana wenyu chivharo chaicho kufakwake zvarova ndiye aziva n'anga yacho mazviona vamwe vake tsauna vamwe vobatwa parufu rwake sei. Mbavha hadzipengi asi apa dzakadhakwa dzikauya kunhamo.

Torai hupfumi - 23 October 2013

this is totally sympathizing with the bad guys "Nonetheless, the late youngster was buried alongside his four comrades at the ever-expanding Granville Cemetery, popularly known as kuMbudzi." What COMRADE, THEY ARE THUGS.Most probably they killed a lot of people

jay jay - 23 October 2013

sekuru awa ndiwo watobikira muzukuru doro repeswa shawe rekuba how can u say a thief was generous

taipei - 24 October 2013

@piripiri...dont know how you read the article...there is no bias...this is just a reporter reporting the events with no taking sides or anything...get it right!

Louise - 24 October 2013

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