Category: Crime and Courts

Govt engages experts to mitigate cyber attacks

Government is engaging experts drawn from various ministries to come up with strategies to mitigate the threat of hackers on private and public institutions. Recent attacks by hackers on  two tertiary institutions in Harare and Bulawayo points to the reality of the threat of cyber attacks and the implications it has on the country’s economic development. Research shows that sensitive sectors such as the financial services industry are not immune to these attacks, despite the fact that no local banking institution has come out to openly state disruption to services due to hackers. In the face of the two...

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Police burst smuggling syndicate, recovers 151 bales

Police in Manicaland have burst another syndicate involved in smuggling goods and groceries from neighbouring Mozambique and recovered 151 bales of second hand clothes. The Forbes boarder post continue to pose challenges to law enforcement agents efforts to  effectively deal with the scourge of smuggling of goods and groceries from neighbouring countries. Despite the challenges law enforcement agents continue to register success stories with the latest seeing police ceasing 151 bales of second hand clothes. Officer Commanding police in Rusape district Chief Superintendent Garikai Gwangwawa said police details intercepted the lorry carrying the smuggled loot on its way to Harare. Chief Superintendent Gwangwawa noted police will continue to increase surveillance around the porous border post. Despite government issuing a ban on second hand clothes the goods continue to be smuggled into the country compromising benefits for local production. Observers note that the absence of stiffer penalties to offenders has been a contributing factor to the rampant smuggling of goods and...

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Man found in possession of human head, male private parts

A 22 year old man from Mawane area in Gwanda has been arrested by police after being found in possession of a human head and male private parts in a suspected case of ritual murder. Honest Moyo was arrested on Thursday by police in Guyu following a tip off by villagers from Mawane area under Chief Nhlamba. Moyo led Criminal Investigation Department officers to the crime scene near the Collen Bawn dumpsite this Friday (today) where the body of a man which was in a state of decomposition was exhumed. In explaining his motive Moyo said he had met one Cosmas Zhou from Chiredzi at a Collen bar who promised him US$25 000 for the body parts. Moyo who was employed at Capitol Block Ranch in Collen Bawn, claims that he did not murder the vagrant whose body was exhumed but beheaded him and chopped off his private parts after discovering his dead body near the dumpsite while herding cattle. Moyo said he then buried the remains of the victim in a shallow grave before stuffing the human head and private parts in a satchel and headed to his rural home. He shaved the head allegedly to slow decomposition as he awaited to deliver the body parts. Sources close to the investigations said an SMS to an unknown person in South Africa was sent by the suspect informing the...

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4 armed robbers nabbed

Four Harare men who allegedly committed a spate of armed robberies around the country have appeared before a Harare magistrate who advised them to apply for bail at the High Court. The four men who masqueraded as police officers and used explosives to blow safes during their alleged armed robberies are Mugove Chimuti also known as Pardon Katerere 28, Ishmael Mutungira also known as Joshua Nyariri 23, Musarurwa Gutsa 41 and Tinashe Munhanga 36. The quartet were nabbed for 9 counts of armed robbery and unlawful possession of explosives were they got away with US$80 000 dollars. They appeared before Ms Barbara Chimbodza and according to state prosecutor Linda Gadzikwa on the first count on 12 January this year, the accused plus 2 who are on the run in Granary Harare robbed Willard Hakurotwi of several groceries worth US$66. On the 27th of March at around 0300 hours at Kanyasa bottle store and butchery in Kuwadzana 6 they robbed Stephen Kanyasa of a safe containing US$1000. On the 3rd of May this year at around 0100 hours while one of them was wearing a complete police uniform the four proceeded to Travellers Tavern bar in Dzivarasekwa 1 where they handcuffed security guards before stealing 2 Samsung Galaxy cell phones, blew up safes and got away with property worth US$3000. On the 10th and 11th of May they jointly hit...

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More details emerge on police corruption case

Fresh details of an alleged elaborate ploy to defeat the course of justice by covering up for the rot of senior police officials have emerged during an intense cross examination session of Superintendent Nyambo Viera by prominent Harare lawyer, Advocate Jonathan Samukange. Superintendent Viera was taken to task on whether he had investigated Chief Superintendent Nyaradzai Majachani and Superintendent Shepherd Tachiona, who were implicated in an alleged extortion of US$30 000 from Croco Motors owner, Moses Chingwena in the presence of Dellish Nguwaya to cover up for two smuggled vehicles. Viera initially refuted this before being challenged on whether he had investigated the truthfulness of the allegation and he later said there were efforts to investigate the case but Chingwena had not been co-operative. Advocate Samukange further quizzed Viera on whether he had investigated Chief Superintendent Majachani who was implicated in ten cases of corruption and Viera said he had interviewed Superintendent Tachiona but had found no legal basis to investigate the former. Advocate Samukange further taunted Viera for corruptly defeating the course of justice and compounding an offence by removing vital call records from the docket which showed communication between Nguwaya and Superintendent Tachiona a day before a Chinese national, Frank Guao was duped of US$20 000 by the rogue state security officials from the police, CIO and Nguwaya, thereby misleading Mr Chris Mutangadura and affecting the immunity...

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