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Soldiers Arrested At Nehanda Business Centre Intending To Commit Armed Robbery


Name : James Keriphanos Makombe
Age : 22 years
NR : 63-2432078-W-27
Res Add : 2 Brigade, Cranborne, Harare.
Bus Add : ZNA, 1 Brigade, Bulawayo
F/number : 847405R
Rank : Private
Name : Oswald Kaseke
Age : 27 years
NR : 05-119071-G-05
Res Add : 177 Marimba Park, Harare
Bus Add : Military School of Music Bulawayo
F/number : 845253C
Rank : Lance Corporal
Name : Peterson Chiripiwako
Age : 33 years
NR : 34-114084-A-50
Res Add : 1312 Nyamhuka 2, Nyanga.
Bus Add : Unemployed
Name : Owen Dzinduwa
Age : 26 years
NR : 34-394058-H-50
Res Add : 1196 Nyamhuka, Nyanga
Bus : Unemployed

Name : Collius Kamuti
Age : 40 years
NR : 75-361892-Z-75
Res Add : 133 Mangondoza, Nyanga.
Bus Add : Unemployed
Name : Timothy Mawere
Age : 29 years
NR : 83-185889-T-04
Res Add : Chirochangu Village, Chief Vhudzi, Bikita District
Bus Add : Unemployed

Name : Maxwell Kuwanda
Age : 32 years
NR : 75-452861-D-75
Res Add : Mudemo Village, Chief Marange, Mutare District.
Bus Add : ZNA, 5 Brigade, Kwekwe
F/number : 842052Y
Rank : Corporal
Name : Elliot Kandiyero ( Deceased)
Age : 27 years
NR : 75-475206-T-75
Res Add : Zimunya, Mutare
Bus Add : 31 Brigade, Mutare
F/number : 842235X
Rank : NCO

Complainat : State

On 1 October 2022, at around 2000 hours accused persons 1, 2,3 and 4 were arrested by details from ZRP Bikita and Nehanda Business Centre after they(ZRP details) had received a tip off that the accused persons were intending to commit armed robbery at the business centre. The four accused persons were taken to ZRP Bikita where they were interviewed by Detectives from CID Homicide Harare and CID Nyanga. During the interviews it was established that the accused persons were arrested whilst waiting for their 5 accomplices who were armed so that they could execute their plan. Detectives then received information to the effect that the 5 accused persons were at Birchenough Bridge Business Centre and were driving in a white Toyota Cresta registration number ADE 8291.




Detectives from CID Homicide swiftly reacted to the information and proceeded to Birchenough Bridge Business Centre and spotted the accused persons’ getaway car parked at the shops. Detectives approached the accused persons’ vehicle and identified themselves but the accused persons bolted out of the vehicle. The now deceased Elliot Kandiyero who was armed with a Mosrberg fired shots towards Detectives whilst Moses Tengera who escaped also fired shots from a suspected revolver. Detectives fired back and managed to arrest accused 5, 6, 7 and 8. Upon arrest, Detectives recovered the Mosberg with serial number 46B159 and 3 x 12 bore live rounds of ammunition from the now deceased who got injured during the shootout. The now deceased was rushed to Birchenough Bridge District Hospital for treatment but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.




Searches were conducted on the accused persons’ car and a 24 pound hummer and a Machete were recovered on the rear passenger seat.



To arrest the outstanding accused person and recover the firearm he has in possession.
To take the accused persons to court.

Investigations are in progress under ZRP Birchenough Bridge Post RRB number 5061771.

Robert Tapfumaneyi