Increase in armed robbery cases; private security sector welcomes Presidential firearms amnesty

By Fungai Jachi & Peter Chivhima

The upsurge in cases of armed robbery across the country has become a major source of worry with more than 30 cases being reported per week.

The latest case is that of four armed robbers who allegedly broke into a Harare businessman’s house and got away with US$100 000, R300 000, a gun and other valuables.

42-year-old Ignitious Bumhira, Darlington Chirenga (45), Rafick Magadhi (48) and David Nyakauru (49) allegedly broke into a house in Harare’s Eastlea’s Suburb where they threatened to shoot a maid before gaining entry into the businessman’s bedroom.

They allegedly broke a safe and stole the cash and guns.

Two other individuals Neverson Mwamuka and Taurai Nyahwema are facing charges of armed robbery after allegedly ambushing merrymakers at a party in Belvedere before getting away with US$28 000 and mobile phones.

This comes a few days after a Shamva gold dealer was robbed of US$50 000 and 300 grammes of gold at gun point.

The cases are among many others that have left the country troubled over the increase in armed robberies.

The armed robbers are targeting individuals, companies, cash in transit vehicles and even churches with lives being lost during the violent crimes.

However, hope has been pinned on the Presidential amnesty that was given to those in possession of unregistered firearms who are expected to surrender them to the nearest police station before the 30th of September.

Meanwhile, the private security sector has welcomed the Presidential firearms amnesty as a positive development which is expected to reduce cases of armed robbery in the country.

Chitkem Security executive chairperson, Dr Victor Chitongo and Peace Security chief executive officer Dr Abel Mubango applauded President Mnangagwa for the move which is expected to reduce armed robberies.

Said Dr Chitongo, “This is a welcome development. For us, this was long overdue because cases of armed robberies are high in our country and at most, we are the ones affected so it’s our expectations that such cases will be a thing of the past.”

“As security companies owners, we are very grateful to our President for the amnesty and this is going to reduce cases of armed robberies through our country. There is a need for sanity and this will bring confidence to investors in the country,” noted Dr Mubango.

Security expert and owner of Brymaton Security, Mr Bryton Songore added his voice saying the move was long overdue.

“I once stayed in South Africa and around 2010, the government of South Africa came with such a programme and we saw it helped a lot by that time. So we thank our President for such an initiative.”

For the public, the Presidential firearms amnesty is a sigh of relief at a time armed robbers are causing a reign of terror across the country.

With the window of surrendering firearms still open until the 30th of September law enforcement agents are on guard to ensure that peace loving Zimbabweans go about their daily business without hindrance.