Neighbourhood watch members up for robbery


Three Zimbabwe Republic Police Mbare neighbourhood watch committee members were yesterday brought before the courts facing allegations of robbing a butchery of $1 200.


Silvernos Panganai (45), Chikaro Majoni (40) and Wenston Chabvuta (42) pleaded not guilty before Mbare magistrate Anita Tshuma.
Through their lawyer Tawanda Takaendesa, they made a bail application, which the State opposed, arguing there was overwhelming evidence against them.

Tshuma will make a bail ruling today.

According to State papers, last Thursday the three met MC Meats employee, Wonder Simuka, on his way out of the butchery and accused him of theft after they found him in possession of sausages.

The three, who were patrolling the neighbourhood in a Toyota Raum, are said to have handcuffed Simuka and demanded receipts for the sausages.

Simuka is said to have told them that he did not have any, since he had been given the sausages by his employer.


The three then ordered Simuka to accompany them to his boss’ office, where they purportedly intended to call his employer and verify if it was true.

One of the three, Panganai, is said to have taken keys from Simuka’s jacket and opened the office.

Instead of calling Simuka’s employer, they allegedly proceeded to open the safe and took $1 200.

They later drove away from the scene, uncuffed Zimuka and dropped him at the corner of Seke and Cripps roads.

Simuka made a police report at Braeside Police Station, leading to the three’s arrest.

As of yesterday, nothing had been recovered.

Tafara Chirambira appeared for the State.