Soldiers stripped, robbed

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MUREHWA Three soldiers based at 2-2 Infantry Battalion in Mudzi were on Monday stripped naked before being robbed of their uniforms and undisclosed amounts of money at gunpoint in
Murehwa.

The soldiers, who were travelling from Harare, boarded a Toyota Ipsum vehicle, which had two passengers and a driver, who later allegedly turned out to be robbers. Officer Commanding Murehwa District, Chief Superintendent Simon Mwatsikesimbe, confirmed the incident.

I can confirm that three soldiers who had boarded a private vehicle identified only as a Toyota Ipsum on Monday the 5th of March were allegedly stripped naked at gunpoint before they were robbed of their uniforms and undisclosed amounts of cash at a pig industry here as they were coming from Harare, said Mwatsikesimbe.

He said the vehicle made a U-turn soon after the alleged robbers had pounced on the soldiers using a pistol.

Mwatsikesimbe also said after the robbery, the soldiers reportedly sought clothes from a nearby compound before making a report at Murehwa Police Station.

He identified the soldiers as Absolom Mukamba (21), Muthobiseni Ngwenya (21) and Lingilise Mpofu (20).

We are stepping up efforts to arrest the suspected robbers and, of course, making frantic investigations to establish the whereabouts of the alleged robbers, Mwatsikesimbe said.

Army sources said the three soldiers who had been robbed were coming from Harares Army Stores where they had gone to collect their uniforms.