‘Soldiers’ rob NGO $21 000

A 21-YEAR-OLD woman appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday facing robbery allegations after she and her three accomplices, who are still at large, pounced on a local non-governmental organisation’s offices and robbed them of $21 000, while clad in Zimbabwe National Army uniforms.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

The accused, Mildred Makoto, was not asked to plead when she appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande, who remanded her to today for bail ruling.

It is the State’s case that on January 23, Makoto and her three accomplices hatched a plan to rob More Than Conquerors Trust Organisation director Tawanda Zeze.

The quartet, clad in ZNA uniform, proceeded to the complainant in Belvedere and allegedly dragged him into his bedroom, indicating that they intended to conduct a thorough search. While in the bedroom, they ordered Zeze to open an inbuilt safe and he complied.

The gang allegedly collected the $21 000 which was in the safe and also robbed Zeze of his two mobile phones, blindfolded Zeze and force-marched him to their getaway vehicle.

It is alleged along the way the accused ordered Zeze to disclose his mobile money transfer trust account pin number and he complied. The gang later withdrew $527.
The State alleges the value stolen is $21 713 and nothing was recovered.

Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.

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