How robbers pounced on passengers

HARARE - Eight men who were on the police wanted list and suspected to be the late armed robber, Boris Mushonga’s accomplices have been charged over a spate of robberies committed around Harare.

Details of how they operated were revealed in court yesterday.

The eight, Tatenda Tavhira, 23, Lazarus Jimu, 23, Maxwell Mushongera, 22 , Chamunorwa Machingauta, 27, Rodney Akende, 37, Rodwell Undi, 33, Bernard Kaitano, 31, and Mugove Chikukwe, 25, yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo facing robbery charges.

They were all arrested at Mushonga’s funeral wake.

Mushonga and four others died in a horror crash last week after their Toyota Raum was involved in a head-on collision with a Muzeya bus near Zindoga Shopping Centre in Harare.

The group’s lawyer in his bail application argued the police had not carried out thorough investigations as the accused persons had only attended a funeral in their neighbourhood with no connection between them and the alleged offences.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira opposed bail and ruling on the application expected today.

Allegations against Tavhira, Jimu, Mushongera and Machingauta are that they robbed Takudzwa Fusira on July 8 this year, after offering him a lift from Eastlea into the city centre.

The four were driving an unregistered white Toyota Fun Cargo, the court heard.

They reportedly drove towards the city centre and when they arrived at East 24 Restaurant along Samora Machel, the court heard one of the accused told Fusira that he had boarded a robbers’ car before the others searched him, taking his Nokia 1208 and $70.

Fusira was allegedly dumped, before they four sped off.

He reported the matter to the police and on October 21 detectives received a tip off that the accused persons were attending Mushonga’s funeral, leading to their arrest in Mbare.

Chakurira further told the court that on July 26 this year,  Solomon Munjaranji was at corner Second Street extension and Julius Nyerere Street in Harare looking for transport to go to Hatcliffe.

Akende, Undi, Kaitano and Chikukwe, who were driving a black Toyota Raum without number plates, offered Munjaranji a lift.

When they arrived at Tongogara Street, the court heard, the gang turned left, grabbed Munjaranji by the neck and searched him.

It is the State’s case that they took a Sony Ericsson cell phone, digital camera, pair of Adidas shoes and $180 from Munjaranji before ditching him at corner Second and Mazowe Streets.

Comments (31)

Whether attending a funeral or not, they are robbers- period. NO bail please.

Hazvie - 25 October 2013

Case closed no bail 14years in jail each.

MUTIMBANYOKA - 25 October 2013

Poor lawyer you are trying to confuse the law because you are looking for money but always remember that thieves, robbers are dangerous people in the society. Tomorrow they will do it to you or your father .Never forget that. They traumatized other people so rightfully it is their turn to be traumatized. Period

Shava - 25 October 2013

Poor lawyer you are trying to confuse the law because you are looking for money but always remember that thieves, robbers are dangerous people in the society. Tomorrow they will do it to you or your father .Never forget that. They traumatized other people so rightfully it is their turn to be traumatized. Period

Shava - 25 October 2013

batai vanhu,i wz once a victim saka no mercy pliz....

legend - 25 October 2013

batai vanhu,i wz once a victim saka no mercy pliz....

legend - 25 October 2013

20 years each, with hard labour. Period. We dont need nuisance in our society.

Com Panion - 25 October 2013

hapana nyaya the police needs to prove specific cases against these people of which its going to be difficult,remember the 23 MDC activists

granger - 25 October 2013

Dzimwe nguva malawyer munombodawo Mari semahure. Ungareverera mbavha idzi and ikapiwa bail racho your close relative is their target mbavha ngaigare mujeri where they belong full stop we don't want bad apples in our society toda kugara takasununguka

Choya chatsva - 25 October 2013

look at age kusada kushanda is that what u call youth empowerment ngawando sakura minda wadya reruzhinji kunhimbe yepachikurubi

taipei - 25 October 2013

".........dumped at corner second and mazowe" which place is that?

MAXWELL RWIZI - 25 October 2013

second & mazowe streets can't, will not meet. they pararell

s shumba - 25 October 2013

These comrades also operated under Chipangano, our Zanu pf Mbare youth wing. Our President and Commander in Chief should order for them to be freed immediately.

Girinya - 25 October 2013

thank you ZRP job well done . could you please fix the culprits hit them till they surrender life

deeds - 25 October 2013

THE AGE OF THESE GUYS SHOW ME SOMETHING, KUSHAIKA KWEMABASA UKU , ITS AFFECTING OUR YOUTH

MBUMBU - 26 October 2013

bASA hariuye pa door remota you have to look for it so it is only a fool who say kushaika kwebasa is the cause

jm kanhu kako - 26 October 2013

It is one thing to know that someone is a thief and another to prove it . There is no evidence to convict .However in our country there are as good as dead

evidence - 26 October 2013

Hard labour plus 30 years eating cabbage hameno vakapabuda vapfan ngavadzidze kushumisa izadhla zavo vari vechidiki pamaGaba varikushanda zvakasimba kuti vabudirire ivo voda baccossi

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 26 October 2013

these lawyers are not serious that guy who said kushaika kwebasa anotopenga

jeeezy - 26 October 2013

haaywa wo tibvireipo, moti 8 most wanted vazobatwa musi wemariro, porisi lie kuty vanhu ava vaitsvagwa isu taivaona evryday,, thy ddnt seem to be chased by the police and am thnkng tht police is now covering themselves by capturing them now, how many reports are being made of people varikubirwa netimota and hw many efforts are done by the police there afta, nxa police is juss corrupt,

vagunjenje - 26 October 2013

we can say a lot ,so many stories/cases have happened mapurisa tichingoaona ,wearing their smart uniforms ready for corruption. VaChihuri find something to do nekuti zvakubhowa.

worried Zimbabwean - 27 October 2013

These criminals are not fit for the society,sadly they are in their prime time of working ages,send them for correctional services,on hard labour,for many years.Its a lesson to other young offenders.

chakwana - 27 October 2013

batai munhu warume, we have no place for robbers in this society! They are seemingly the ones that robbed my sekuru at westgate after offering him a lift ! i hope these youngsters will rot in Jail!

FLAVOS - 28 October 2013

thanx ma officer nekushanda munhu ngaabatwe. isu we suffer day & night ivo vomirira kungokohwa. life in jail no mercy.

tasunungurwa - 28 October 2013

The story does not reveal any substance in the allegations. Apart from the fact that these young man attended the funeral of a suspected robber, what evidence does the prosecution have that they committed these offences. It is silly and lazy for police to think that 8 robbers who have been outsmarting police all along would, suddenly be so naive, all eight of them, to come and be "sitting ducks" at a highly publicized funeral of an alleged accomplice, where it would be detectives would keep a close watch.

Nzou - 28 October 2013

The story does not reveal any substance in the allegations. Apart from the fact that these young man attended the funeral of a suspected robber, what evidence does the prosecution have that they committed these offences. It is silly and lazy for police to think that 8 robbers who have been outsmarting police all along would, suddenly be so naive, all eight of them, to come and be "sitting ducks" at a highly publicized funeral of an alleged accomplice, where it would be obvious detectives would keep a close watch.

Nzou - 28 October 2013

Biblical Moses was troubled by the children who where born in the wilderness as they did not experience how there parents suffered.Our born frees are troubling the government as it has failed to revive the industry and create employment oppotunities.Until and unless our govt improves on that we will cee more youths turning to prostitution and robberies as a way of earning a living (Bata munhu)

DOMINIC CHISAYIRA - 28 October 2013

Biblical Moses was troubled by the children who where born in the wilderness as they did not experience how there parents suffered.Our born frees are troubling the government as it has failed to revive the industry and create employment oppotunities.Until and unless our govt improves on that we will cee more youths turning to prostitution and robberies as a way of earning a living (Bata munhu)

DOMINIC CHISAYIRA - 28 October 2013

Chisayira verenga Bible zvakanaka. Is it the children who were born in the Wilderness who troubled moses? Usashandura bhaibheri. Ingoisa comment yako wonyarara... Mbavha mujeri

Chips - 29 October 2013

No bail please. More years behind bars please.

Dobbs one-four - 30 October 2013

ana Cisayira, dzimwe nziyo dzamunoterera idzi, verengai bible mega. asi va gweta dai maita zviri nani. ngapaitwe thorough investigation, varimo. since mati mapurisa haana kuita basa. Kana even investigation yacho ikatora gor kuti zviite thorough sekuda kwenyu vagweta

jore - 1 November 2013

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