A Bulawayo City Council driver was robbed of a Nissan UD tipper truck by three knife-wielding men at a refuse dumpsite in Pumula in broad daylight.
The alleged robbery came to light last Thursday after a concerned municipal employee phoned NewsDay saying he suspected the authorities were trying to keep the issue under wraps.
“I do not know why the council management is not talking about the loss of such an important council asset,” said the employee, who refused to be named. “We have even heard that the vehicle was seen in Kezi.”
Efforts to get a comment from the municipality on Thursday were fruitless as the officials with the authority to comment on the matter were reported to be away.
However, police confirmed the theft of the council vehicle Sunday.
“I can confirm that we are investigating the theft of a Nissan UD tipper truck belonging to Bulawayo City Council,” said Criminal Investigation Department spokesman Augustine Zimbili.
“The three male robbers armed with knives and using a Nissan getaway vehicle confronted the driver – who was alone – at a dumpsite in Pumula and took the vehicle keys away from him before driving away.”
He said the incident happened around mid-day on July 27 this year and the vehicle has not been recovered.
“We are appealing to members of the public who might have information that might assist in investigations or arresting of the culprits to assist us,” said Zimbili.
He said those with information could contact their nearest police station or phone (09) 77523 or (09) 76340.