Family wants answers in armed robber's death

HARARE - The family of  armed robber Simba Muchengeti, alleged to have committed suicide at Shurugwi  Police Station, have demanded answers into the death of their son, the Daily News has been told.

Police officers at the Midlands precinct said the robber asked to use the toilet where he reportedly shot himself last week.

He was said to have smuggled a gun into the police station after his arrest and allegedly decided to take his own life.

But the family is not buying that story saying a handcuffed man cannot possibly pull out a hidden gun and shoot himself in the mouth.

While they acknowledge that Muchengeti was a fraudster and possibly an armed robber who was recently apprehended by the police and held in detention awaiting his court appearance, they want an investigation to bring out all the facts, “that’s all we ask for”.

“If our son was wrong and he did do what they say he did, then we might begin the process of really truly healing,” a family spokesperson said. He declined to be named fearing victimisation.

Muchengeti’s post mortem was said to be scheduled for Bulawayo today, with his burial pencilled for Tuesday.

The family wants to know how he managed to smuggle a gun into the police station with all the frisking that goes on before detention, and how he managed to kill himself when he was in handcuffs. A loaded gun, believed to be a .38 special, was found next to his body.

A large crowd of loved ones and neighbours held a candlelight memorial just across the street from the police station, where Muchengeti’s mother lived.

“We want everything uncovered,” said a family member. “We want those responsible made accountable for what happened.”

Officials have promised a thorough investigation.

As the investigation moves forward, the family say they will be watching every aspect of the probe. People in the Shurugwi community were making accusations about what they say happened.

“We want to test the police account against the evidence that will be collected,” said the family spokesperson. 


Comments (9)

Let the robber rot in hell. If indeed the police did kill him , good shot guys . We are tired of these gangsters . Die robber and burn in hell.

Clean Zimbabwe - 24 March 2014

Handina kana tsitsi nembavha kana vakadhuvura vakagona ,dambudziko rina vapfana ava vanoenda Joni kunotenga zvipfuti voda kudhla pavasina kurima . Thanx maofficer dhuvari zviende

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 24 March 2014

Blood is thicker than water.His victims also suffered. Who knows he might have killed along the way.Nhasi zvorwadza.

SHAVA - 24 March 2014

Kovaakavuraya vamaidyira mari, nehama dzacho dzese imbavavo futi. Hamuzivi kuti webakatwa ndewebakatwa, musoja haachemewi.

Tione - 24 March 2014

I seepeople want to sympathise with the dead idiot robber.I had an encounter with three armed robbers who broke into my house and fired shots in the presence of my wife and kids.If he was shot,well done guys and God bless you.Let him rot in jail and be feasted by satan and his family.


I was robbed several times, only those who did not experience the trauma that one have after such an incident will sympathise with the family members of this suspected robber. I SAY TO THE Muchengeti family go hang, mwana wenyu akauraya vangani. The Bible says you reap what you sow. Kana ukadyara chibage unodireyi kukohwa nzungu. Nhasi zvamuwana. Thanks officers kana murimi makazviita makatirerutsira.

mary - 25 March 2014

haiwawoo... w follow orders frm our superiors kwahi marobbers shoot to kill....gud riddance

Zvie - 25 March 2014

Someone has to be accountable for this, it's written 'foul play' all over. I believe justice means someone is tried and if found guilty sent to prison, wherefore he is rehabilitated and reformed. This issue of 'dark justice' as if we are under Sharia Law is not the way to handle issues. And to think MOSES (biblical) actually killed but God used him nonetheless, talk about PAUL (biblical), he was a serial murderer yet he wrote three-quarters of the New Testament. Have empathy for the bereaved, ''hakuna mhuri isina benzi raro...kudzana kwaro tinopururudza.'' They want answers for their relative inspite of the fact he is an 'alleged' armed robber. For the record i was strangled half to death and robbed once upon a time. But is this my license to be vindictive?

It takes a village to raise a child - 25 March 2014

ko paakanga achitsvagwa nemapurisa hama dzacho dzakambobatsirawo here neinformation.Mbavha ngaife hapana need yeprobe.Vangani vaakauraya?

lovemore - 25 March 2014

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