There was commotion in Bulawayo’s central business district this Wednesday as illegal money changers besieged the Bulawayo Central Police Station accusing law enforcement agents of protecting serial armed robbers, by letting culprits free despite what they said was glaring evidence.
There was drama in Bulawayo central business district as some money changers also known as “Osiphatheleni” dared police officers at their own backyard while calling for justice to some known ‘serial’ armed robbers who are allegedly targeting them.
Trouble started when some three alleged armed robbers who were arrested by police on Tuesday for a spate of robbery cases were transferred from West Commonage Police Station to Bulawayo Central Police Station, a move that did not go down well with some Osiphatheleni who assumed it was a way to let go their tormentors.
The Osiphatheleni argue that they have become perennial victims of the alleged robbers as they are known for carrying large sums of money but are feeling let down by the law-enforcement agents.
ZRP Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed that her office has received news of some alleged armed robbers who were arrested this Tuesday.
She, however, professed ignorance on the accusations thrown around by Osiphatheleni but instead said the three armed robbers are actually in cells assisting police with further investigations.
On the transfers, Inspector Simango says West Commonage Police Station could not deal with the matter since most of the cases were committed in the CBD and as such the suspects are at central police station for identification parade procedures while professing ignorance on the alleged practice by police to let go culprits before they are brought to book.
The team of Osiphatheleni has remained a menace in Bulawayo’s CBD despite government’s call to end their illicit practices, thereby attracting armed robbers who have devised schemes to follow them to their homesteads to rob them of cash and other valuables.