HARARE – Two suspects in Saturday’s shooting incident in which a soldier was killed and a second critically wounded have been gunned down in a joint operation by the military and detectives from the ZRP’s Criminal Investigations Department.
The two men, who have not been named, were found camped in the bush some 20km outside Chivhu town on Sunday morning, according to police sources.
It is claimed there was a brief exchange of gunfire, during which a soldier in the search party was injured.
The two suspects were subsequently killed and their bodies loaded on the back of a police pick-up truck.
Police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they would be issuing a statement later Sunday.
Lance Corporal Mupanganyama and Corporal Zvirevo were shot inside a small makeshift police station called Innscor Police Base in central Chivhu, Mashonaland Central.
Mupanganyama died on the spot after being shot in the face, and Zvirevo is in a critical condition at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
The motive for the attack remains unknown.
Police said Zvirevo and Mupanganyama, after patrolling the streets of Chivhu since 8AM in the company of four police officers, retreated to the police base near a Chicken Inn fast food outlet. The two soldiers were armed with AK47 rifles.
While at the police base, police said a man wearing a green face mask, a black bomber jacket, tattered blue jean trousers and black safety shoes approached and signalled Mupanganyama to meet him outside.
An internal police memo seen by IZIM states that Mupanganyama had assumed that the man summoning him was his superior, and was furious when the man introduced himself as a former soldier. He stormed off and went back inside the police base.
“The purported ex-member followed the deceased into the police base talking to the deceased on top of his voice. All of a sudden, the other accused approached at the entrance of the police base and without saying anything he produced a corked pistol and started firing directly at the two army members. Sensing danger, a female police officer took cover under the visitors’ bench,” the memo from the Criminal Investigations Department said.
The two attackers “automatically disarmed the two soldiers and took away the two AK47 rifles and four fully-charged magazines loaded with 30 rounds each” before walking out of the police base while pointing the rifles in the air.
“People started running in different directions for their safety. The accused persons ran away to a nearby bush east of the police base and disappeared,” police said.
Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries
A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.
The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.
Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca
“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.
One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.
He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.
“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.
He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.
“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”
According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News
BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA
Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.
She was 38 years old.
Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.
“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.
Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.
Watch: Chivhu mother beheads her four children sets house on fire
Video footage has emerged after a Chivhu mother allegedly beheaded her four children before setting the family house on fire.
Police said on Twitter, “The woman then surrendered herself to the Police.”
National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was not in a position to give further details as the case was in it’s infancy.
“Our police officers are still attending the crime scene,” he said.
The incident occurred in Highview suburb in Chivhu which is about 146km from Harare.
The woman’s name and age could not be immediately established.
Meanwhile, videos of the multiple murder scene have surfaced online.
Watch the video below;