'Prophet' up for robbery

HARARE - A self-styled prophet and his accomplices were yesterday arraigned before the courts for alleged robbery.

Moreblessing Zinyawu, 24, allegedly prophesied to unsuspecting people who visited his shrine that they would be robbed.

He would then accompany his victims to their homes under the guise of providing spiritual assistance to avert the robbery.

Zinyawu the allegedly took the opportunity to make surveillance of the property for the planned robbery later.

Allegations are that Zinyawu together with John Mada, 44, Aaron Mfiri, 44, Lloyd Munyurwa, 38, Tarwirei Kasawaya, 40, and Confidence Mutemachani planned to rob Kudzanai Maenzanise.

The court heard that after Zinyawu had conducted his prophetic duties, he informed his accomplices of what he saw.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira said on September 15, the six men and another accomplice, who is still at large, went to Maenzanise’s house while Mutemachani was dressed in a police uniform.

It is the State’s case that upon arrival at Maenzanise’s house, they pretended to be police officers from Kwekwe and accused him of stealing cement.

The crew of alleged robbers ordered Maenzanise and his wife to accompany them to Harare Central Police Station to produce proof of purchase of their cement.

After driving for a distance, one of the six robbers allegedly produced a gun and pointed it at Maenzanise while demanding money.

Maenzanise was later handcuffed and had his head covered with a sack while his wife was also handcuffed and had her eyes covered with a piece of cloth.

The group allegedly searched the couple and found $1 820 and a mobile phone before threatening the wife with rape if she did not produce more money and valuables.

The six men allegedly made a U-turn back to Maenzanise’s house and ransacked the place before leaving with $2 280 and 10 rounds of ammunition which was in a locked-up cabinet.

It is further alleged that they drove towards the city centre from Caledonia and dumped Maenzanise and his wife along Mabvuku drive.

A report was made at Mabvuku Police Station leading to the subsequent arrest of the six men.

In another case , the gang allegedly robbed Kudakwashe Matongo and stole among other items a Makarov pistol that had a magazine with six rounds and 15 loose rounds of ammunition.

Magistrate Milton Serima remanded the six men in custody and advised them to apply for bail at the High Court. They are being represented by Everson Chatambudza.


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