Armed robbers pounce on Mphoko supermarket

SIX suspected armed robbers stormed former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s Choppies Kholisane Supermarket in Pumula South, Bulawayo and got away with $500 cash after robbing customers and shop workers at gunpoint.

BY ALEXIS SIBANDA

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the incident and appealed to members of the public to assist with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects.

“We have received a report of robbery in Pumula and investigations are still on going. We are appealing to the public for information that can lead to the arrest of the criminals. Members of the public can report people who might be known to have guns, so that we can check if the gun is licensed or not,” she said.

“We are also appealing to the shopkeepers not to keep too much money in their shops to avoid such losses.”

The shop manager, Bornface Nyambe, said they were shocked by the incident.

“It was business as usual and at around 7:30pm, we heard a gunshot. At first, I thought it was an electrical cable fault. I heard another gunshot, then a voice came from outside saying, lie down, lie down, and both staff and customers followed the instruction,” he said.

Nyambe said five of the robbers were already in the shop posing as customers.

“The five robbers emptied all the money from the tills. One of the armed robbers came to me and started quizzing me on where we kept the rest of the money, but I was lucky because the one who stood guard outside told them that they had to go.”

He said the robbers were so brazen that they did not even wear masks.

One of the customers, whose car was shot at, said the incident was frightening.

“I was coming out of the shop going, where I had parked my car and then along the way, I opened my phone to check my wallet balance. That is when the gunman started shooting.

“I thought something had exploded, but when I got into my car, I saw that they were robbers, as they fired a second shot. He then pointed the gun at me. I think he thought I had called the police. He then shot at my car and I think the bullet is still lodged inside,” she said.

5 Comments

  1. The presence of guns in people’s hands in worrisome. Guns serve only one purpose: to kill. It does not matter that the weapon is licensed or not. The government of Zimbabwe must make it extremely difficult for ordinary civilians to access and own guns. South Africa has become a hell hole because of these weapons in people’s hands. The South African government has not done enough to fight against illegal acquisition of weapons and not the country experiences gun-related crimes literally every day. We should not watch Zimbabwe becoming an extension of this rot, worse being just next door to South Africa. Societies become unpleasant when the risk of shootings is ever present. The United Kingdom, despite its large population, records extremely low cases of gun related incidences thanks to very strict gun control measures. This is what the Zimbabwe government must emphasise on. People must not just look at this Choppies incident as just another robbery or even ignore it because it was targeted at hated Mphoko. This has nothing to do with who the victim is.

    1. correct guns must not be in any hands we witnessed a bad patch in the 80s when a lot of guns fell into wrong hands of unruly elements and there ended up uprising against the government

  2. Comment…so embarrassing

  3. $500 a lot of money?

  4. pfekedzerwa mboko

    this thieves are a disappointment. they break into a supermarket to rob shoppers instead of robbing Mboko. in any case were is the cash. we are using ecocash to buy and i am sure not choppies has cash

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