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Traffic Cop Run Over, Killed By Unlicensed Kombi Driver

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ZRP traffic officer killed by kombi

Harare – A Zimbabwe Republic Policeman has been run over and killed by an unlicensed minibus taxi driver, state radio reported.

News of the tragedy came after the force defended its unpopular policing of the roads, and said its officers work under “very dangerous and life threatening circumstances”.

Culpable homicide

ZBC reported that minibus conductor Archie Kundainazvo, 23, was behind the wheel without a licence in Chinhoyi on Tuesday night when he allegedly tried to escape from police and ran over an officer.

Kundainazvo will face several charges, including culpable homicide, police spokesperson Paul Nyathi was quoted as saying.

On Wednesday the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said its officers sometimes had to face drivers who were “wild, aggressive and never respect road rules and regulations”.

Publishing ‘falsehoods’

In a statement, the police also accused a state newspaper of publishing “falsehoods” to “trash the good work of the ZRP”.

This was after the Herald on Monday reported a huge spike in road traffic accidents, from around 45 000 in 2015 to nearly 160 000 in 2016. The figures were gleaned from the most recent digest of statistics published by the state statistics agency (Zimstat).

The revelation was seen as a blow to police arguments that their numerous roadblocks and checkpoints curb traffic accidents.

Hidden agendas

The police statement said accidents had actually fallen from 41 494 in 2015 to 38 620 in 2016, and that the figures cited by the Herald were false.

“Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency authorities have completely disowned the published figures which are aimed at causing alarm and despondency,” the statement reads.

Journalists could face arrest for “misinforming the public”, the police warned.

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Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries

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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

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BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA

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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.

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Watch: Chivhu mother beheads her four children sets house on fire

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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;

Scene of the horrific Chivhu children murder

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