MUTARE: LOOTING of diamonds continue through well organised syndicates involving suspected Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Republic Police and employees of Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Companies (ZCDC)at the porous Chiadzwa diamond fields following another armed robbery last week.

Four robbers wearing complete ZNA and ZRP uniforms working in cahoots with the suspected members of ZNA and ZRP on April 4 hit portal A at Chiadzwa diamond field around midnight in what is viewed as a well coordinated move.

However, luck ran out as they were nabbed by the police after a tip off and appeared at Mutare Magistrate court last Saturday and remanded in custody to April 17 for trial.

The robbers are Foster Mukwada (44) from Mhandu village under Chief Marange, Amato Fanuel Zivanai (34) from Makwikwi village in Shurungwi, Munyaradzi Charakupa (43) from Kadoma and Brian Marungamise

(33) from Mutare.

The incident comes hot on the heels of  four coordinated robberies within one and half months as the robbers have hit the same diamond field and looted diamond ore.

During the court proceedings it came out that the robbers have been

involved in the robberies since 2017 with the help of suspected armed security forces and the ZCDC employees.