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Two Harare men, masquerading as police officers, reportedly robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint before stealing his car, only to abandon it in Kadoma after it was involved in an accident. Lefan Mwanza Dube (36) and Tsungai Makombe (25) appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Mr Douglas Chikwekwe who recused himself and remanded the pair to another magistrate.

This was after the pair lodged their complaint against the police.

Mr Chikwekwe said the two had appeared before him when the police were applying for a warrant of further detention and they did not raise any complaints against them.

The pair was not formally charged.

The complainant in the matter is Rutendo Mukanya (42) employed as a taxi driver.

Prosecutor Mr Tungamirai Chakurira alleged that on March 27 Dube and Makombe connived with Takura Nyakusindwa still at large to steal a motor vehicle.

At around 8pm the same day the accused, armed with a revolver pistol and handcuffs, approached Mukanya at corner Mbuya Nehanda and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue while he was driving a Toyota Raum.

Dube and Nyakusindwa approached the taxi driver and introduced themselves as police officers before hiring him to Harare Central Police Station.

Makombe started trailing the taxi in the trio’s getaway car a Jeep Cherokee.

On their way Nyakusindwa drew a revolver and threatened to shoot the taxi driver before ordering him to drive to Waterfalls, it is alleged.

At the Simon Mazorodze and Willowvale Road intersection one of the accused took charge of the vehicle and forced Mukanya to the back seat.

They drove to the ZUPCO garage along Willowvale Road where they allegedly stole Mukanya’s cell phones, $66 and shoved him out of the vehicle before speeding off.

It is alleged the trio regrouped and drove to Sanyati Growth Point in Kadoma where they withdrew $30 from Mukanya’s Ecocash account.

Source : The Herald