Machete-wielding gang nabbed

By Yolanda Moyo

EIGHT suspects who are believed to be part of a machete-wielding gang that has been causing terror in Bulawayo have been arrested.

The gang has allegedly been causing terror in the City of Bulawayo for the past two weeks.

In a media briefing in Bulawayo this Monday, Zimbabwe Republic Police Bulawayo Spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the arrests, saying they are still hunting for more suspects after recovering some stolen property and ammunition.

“We received tip-offs from the community and police managed to arrest eight people who are suspected to be in connection with robberies in the city. The police recovered property and ammunition which is suspected to have been used during the robberies,” he said.

The victims have heart-rending stories with the fall of darkness now their worst nightmare.

“We are traumatised as a family. I remember they hit me while my children were watching. They could not go to school for days as they were scared. Now we sleep at 8pm and make sure that by 2am we are awake and get prepared to make distress calls when they attack. What devastated me the most is to hear that on the very same night they killed someone in Lobengula,” a survivor said.

Said another, “Right now, l cannot leave my children alone, let alone come back home late. Everyone is scared. They asked for money and I gave them everything they wanted. I literally watched our main door fall right in front of me with fifteen man coming into the house. We could not scream or do anything.”

“They took our property while we watched. Two days later, they attacked our neighbour. The whole experience is just traumatizing for me. Each time there is no electricity in the house l get flashbacks of that day because there was no electricity that day when they pounced on us,” narrated another survivor.

The arrest of the suspects, who are expected to appear in court soon, comes at a time when police in Bulawayo were recording up to five cases of armed robbery every week.