By Peter Chivhima
A gang of four armed robbers pounced on a local travel and tour company, LED Travel and Tours in Harare this Friday morning and got away with US$2 500 cash and property worth an estimated US$9 000.
Armed with pistols and wearing face masks, the robbers tied the security guard who was manning the premises, ransacked the offices, cut the safe and stole cash, a television set and a fridge.
It is alleged that they loaded the loot in one of the firm’s vehicles before they sped off.
When the ZBC News crew visited the scene of the robbery, the security guard, Passmore Ngongoni narrated his ordeal at the hands of the armed robbers.
“I was manning this place and at around 2am I saw some four men, each in possession of firearms, approaching me. Upon seeing them I screamed, but they ordered me to shut up or else they would shoot me. They removed shoe laces from my shoe and tied my hands and legs and ordered me to surrender my weapons and a panic button. After tying me, they forced themselves into the offices using a grinder where they ransacked all the offices. Later they demanded a vehicle with petrol so that they could load the loot. So, they got away with a Nissan X-Trail vehicle,” he said.
Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident, adding, “Investigations are underway. But I want to assure the public that our crack team are on the ground.”
Early this month, President Emmerson Mnangagwa granted an amnesty for those with unregistered firearms to surrender them to the nearest police station by the 30th of September, after a surge in the abuse of guns which are being used to commit various offences, including murder and robberies.