Byo police account for serial rapist, robber

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BY VARAIDZO MUDEWAIRI/JAIROS SAUNYAMA
BULAWAYO police yesterday confirmed the arrest of serial rapist Prosper Buhle (29) who, between December 2018 and this month, raped 17 women.

In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Buhle would disguise himself as a messenger and ask to be accompanied by victims, who he would later rape and rob.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirms the arrest of Prosper Buhle (29) in connection with a spate of rape and robbery cases which occurred in Bulawayo and surrounding areas during the period extending from December 2018 to March 2022,” the statement read.

“The suspect would approach victims and masquerade as a bona fide messenger, who had been sent to deliver goods by relatives to the victims before asking them to accompany him. The suspect would use footpaths through bushes where he would rape the victims and thereafter steal their cellphones, money and any other valuables from the complainants.”

He said the suspect was nabbed in Luveve suburb on Thursday last week following a tip-off.

Nyathi said the suspect was positively identified by the 17 complainants during an identification parade.

Buhle’s arrest came as police in Marondera, Mashonaland East province, also accounted for another suspected serial rapist Bright Zhntali who, in separate incidents, raped six women before killing them.

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