By Chenesai Matsikidze
Marauding robbers are now a menace in Zhombe following an increasing in the number of burglary, and assaults to residents.
Residents are now living in fear with the rise in robbery cases. Ward 10 has been hit the most.
Some of the victims who spoke with this publication narrated the encounters that they have come across. Elias Shaure, a villager who resides in August village under chief Gwesela said that he was stabbed by a machete on the arm and his Samsung J cellphone and two hundred rand were taken
“l was beaten and left half dead before the two thieves ordered me to surrender my phone and money that i had in possession,” he said.
Narrating her own ordeal, Monica Dube a sole proprietor at Joel business centre said that the robbers also targeted sole traders.
“l lost groceries worth $USD200, an itel phone and a radio to these thieves when they broke into my shop on Tuesday night, despite my efforts to report the case to the police i only recovered a radio,” said Dube.
ln a bid to curb the increase in crime rate in the area, the Zimbabwe republic police has however launched an Anti Crime Campaign recently as villagers in ward 10 have been hard hit by the notorious robbers.
Officer commanding crime, Assistant Henry Dube, explained the need for the campaign and also stated that residents should tip off the police if they witness such encounters.
“Ward 10 has been the most affected area in Kwekwe rural that is why an anti-crime campaign has been launched to curb such crimes. Neighbors must tip off police about cases of robberies that occur within their area in order to avoid loss of lives and property,” said Dube.
Dube also urged the villagers not to keep large sums of money at home to avoid increase in robbery cases .
The councilor for ward 10, Mazhara said villagers must cooperate in trying to curb the increasing theft cases.
“From the onset of the covid-19 lockdown period in March most people who were engaging in illegal gold mining activities have returned home and they are likely to be the ones who are causing havoc in the community as they no longer have sources of income thereby causing most villagers to live in fear.
“The thieves are still at large, the ZRP and the community are trying to arrest them,” added Mazhara.
The current economic situation in the country has seen an upsurge in crimes, with robbers constantly harassing residents and business owners.
Observing the regulations people health personal in Kwekwe fear this might affect the city.