Carjackers arrested in Bulawayo

By Yolanda Moyo

THE net is closing in on machete-wielding gangs after five men were arrested in Bulawayo for armed robbery and carjacking related crimes.

Shepherd Sibanda, aged 19, was arrested alongside his accomplices Mpilo Ndlovu (18), Nkululeko Nketa (38), Dumisani Ncube (19) and Trevor Shangare aged 28.

The five-man gang is accused of orchestrating a series of carjacking crimes and armed robberies between Bulawayo and Kensington area in the past two weeks.

In a media briefing this Friday, Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube highlighted that law enforcement agents are mopping up machete-wielding gangs that have been causing terror in the city.

“The gang was terrorising motorists along Bulawayo – Gwanda road area as they would pose as commuting people and then rob and hijack the motorists. The gang is linked to three hijacking crimes and robberies in Kensington. Once they hijacked the cars they would use the vehicles to commit more crimes. Police received a tip off from the public which led to the arrest of the gang,” he said.

This comes a few days after armed robbers pounced on a CBZ branch in Bulawayo on Tuesday this week before getting away with more than US$80 000.

Just last month, four armed robbers raided a cash-in-transit vehicle at Mukuru money transfer agent in Bulawayo.

In Harare, an armed gang pounced on Koala Park butchery this Tuesday and allegedly held management and farm employees’ hostage, demanding a US$30 000 ransom.

The incident occurred barely a month after another armed gang pounced on security guards delivering cash at a bank in Newlands Shopping Centre in Harare and got away with over US$90 000 and half a million Zimbabwe dollars.