THE three suspected armed robbers, who were nabbed in the Midlands capital last Thursday following a tip off from members of the public, are being accused of killing two security guards in Kadoma and Zvishavane.
BY Stephen Chadenga
The suspects – Tapiwa Chimhute (29), Anywhere Madala (27) and Simbarashe Machiritsa (40) all of Ascot Infill suburb in Gweru – are linked to a spate of robberies recorded in Gweru and Shurugwi over the past few weeks.
On Saturday, they appeared before Gweru magistrate Elizabeth Magomori facing five counts of robbery and were remanded in custody to tomorrow.
The State immediately applied for their further detention after it emerged they were linked to the murder of two security guards in separate incidents in Kadoma and Zvishavane.
It is alleged the accused used a .303 rifle to kill a security guard in Kadoma after they pounced on a gold mine in the area a few weeks ago.
The State further indicated the three were being investigated for another alleged murder that occurred in Zvishavane.
The suspects allegedly terrorised miners, business people and individuals in Gweru and Shurugwi, where they got away with close to $30 000 in a robbery spree spanning four weeks.
On their arrest, they were allegedly found in possession of five assault rifles and a pistol, $6 000 cash and a stolen VW Golf vehicle which they used as getaway car.
The state alleges that between March and April this year the trio broke into people’s homes and stole electrical gadgets and cash.
Using the same modus operandi the accused broke into three other houses in Gweru and a mine in Shurugwi where they got away with a VW Golf car and more than $25 000 cash.