The Zimbabwe Republic Police has nabbed two suspects from Harare, who have allegedly been terrorising tobacco farmers on the country’s highways, stealing their bales and stashing them in Hopley for repackaging and sale at the auction floors.
The duo from Hopley high density suburb, were nabbed by the police last Friday during a chase conducted by Mbare police.
ZRP Chief Superintendant Paul Nyathi said the suspects are alleged to have been part of a gang that was following tobacco trucks from the farming communities destined for the auction floors in Harare and stealing bales of the golden leaf.
Chief Superintendant Nyathi called on members of the public to assist by providing any information that may help in the ongoing investigations.
Several tobacco farmers have been at the mess of robbers on the highways and some even fall prey at the country’s auction floors where thieves manipulate them using various modes of operations.
Calls have been made for the decentralisation of the tobacco auction system to run in the same manner as the cotton system where buyers go to the farmers as opposed to the obtaining system where farmers travel to Harare where they are exposed to many challenges.