Stabile Ndlela and Isheunesu Tirivangani
Gokwe Town Council recently lost property including water pipes, eighteen solar panels, and five water pumps among other valuable goods to armed robbers, this has dragged the completion of the boreholes project backward, this publication can reveal.
Ten armed robbers seized the Gokwe South Town Council warehouse and went off with solar panels, water pipes, and water pumps which were meant to set up boreholes in the community, in a bid to end water woes in Gokwe.
Speaking in an interview with this publication, Gokwe Deputy Mayor Charity Mungwani said the incident left the city council in a state of despair since they were targeting to complete the project in all the six wards soon.
“It is a devastating situation we are having here as Gokwe Town Council, and to get back on track might take us some time to recover the required equipment so that we are able to complete the project. It is also sad on the part of the residents as well because they are eagerly waiting for the boreholes to start functioning in their respective wards,” said Mungwani.
Gokwe Town Secretary Alexander Nyandoro said that the challenge which befell the council negatively affects everyone including the residents. He has thus called upon every individual to play a role in the security of the town’s equipment.
“A security fence at Gokwe gardens was also vandalized by its own people a problem we are facing as GTC to protect our property. We are hoping to recover our property very soon and we will also tighten our security to surge over the destruction and vandalism of our property,” he added.
The Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is investigating this case which occurred at Gokwe Town Council Warehouse in Gokwe South, on the 24th day of May 2022 at around 2300 hours. According to Mahoko the GTC security personnel on duty the particular day was attacked and forced to surrender the keys.
“They ordered him to surrender the gate keys whilst threatening to kill him. They went on to tie his hands and legs using a rope. The gang went on to break into the storerooms and took away 18 solar panels, five water pumps, 2×4 hot plate stoves, and 10 motor vehicle tires. They loaded the loot into a lorry they were traveling in and drove away.
“However, the value of the stolen property is yet to be ascertained. The police have made an appeal to members of the public to assist them with information that can lead to the arrest of the culprits and the recovery of the stolen property,” said Mahoko in a statement seen by this publication.