By Peter Chivhima
On the 9th of March this year, a dark cloud engulfed the Utsiwegota family in Waterfalls after Julie Utsiwegota, a 31-year-old mother of two was brutally killed in cold blood by a suspected armed robber.
However, this Sunday the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), confirmed the arrest of suspected serial killer, Francisco Machona in connection with the case.
“We want to confirm the arrest of the suspect Machona. The ZRP has managed to recover properties from the suspect which include a motor vehicle and some valuables and currently Machona is being detained at one of our stations and is expected to appear in court this Monday,” said ZRP Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi.
Utsiwegota was brutally murdered after the suspect pounced on their house and demanded cash before assaulting all the elderly occupants at the house.
Meanwhile, the ZRP has warned the public against boarding pirate taxis.
This comes after a spate of armed robberies involving pirate taxis has been recorded in and around Harare.
“This week alone we have recorded a number of cases in which members of the public have fallen prey to armed robbers,” added Nyathi.
On Thursday last week, a man lost property to 4 unknown suspects after boarding a black Toyota Wish at Puma Service Station in Zengeza, Chitungwiza.
The suspects later parked the vehicle at Hunyani Bridge and threatened the victim with knives.
On the same day, a 25 year old man lost cash after boarding a grey Toyota Wish vehicle with two occupants at Mbudzi Roundabout destined for the Central Business District.
Along the way, the suspects produced a pistol and a knife before robbing him of his property.
Motorists are also not safe after a Norton man, Kudakwashe Toro lost his vehicle to armed robbers while relieving himself.