Luck runs out for car robber, accomplice

  • Car robber uses stolen car as taxi
  • Was arrested for assaulting girlfriend, leading to discovery of stolen vehicle

THE LUCK of a motor vehicle thief and robbery suspect, who had allegedly managed to evade justice for the whole of last year, finally ran out after he reportedly assaulted his girlfriend, eventually leading to his arrest.

The accused, James Chidyandunge Ziyambi, is facing allegations of stealing a vehicle in April 2019 and used it to commit several robberies.

On April 12, 2019, Ziyambi, with his accomplices Edwin Katare, Munyaradzi Gahadzikwa Parirewa, Knowledge Nyamunaka and Takudzwa Mwanza hatched a plan to rob the complainants from Harare, who were at Garimo Mountain for prayers.

On the same day, at around 11:45pm, Ziyambi and his accomplices allegedly approached the complainant, Irene Mataruse and her church mates, who were on the mountain and ordered them to surrender all their valuables.

The accused persons allegedly did this while pointing a pistol at the complainants, which Nyamunaka had allegedly unlawfully taken from his workplace.

Mataruse and her church-mates were then allegedly searched by Ziyambi, who allegedly took away all their cellphones and the money they had on them.

Ziyambi then allegedly demanded the car keys of a RAV 4 which was parked on the prayer mountain from Mataruse who initially refused to comply.

Complainant only gave up the car key after the accused person allegedly hit her father-in-law, Martin Mataruse, with an axe on his left arm.

The accused then drove off in the direction of Harare, leaving the complainants stranded.

Ziyambi and his team are said to have committed several armed robberies using the car, before dumping it at Warren Park roundabout, allegedly taking with them the car radio.

The total value of property said to have been robbed is ZWL365 280.

On August 9, 2018, at around 11pm, Ziyambi and his accomplices again allegedly stole a bluebird Nissan from one Susan Masiyani who had gone to Garimo Mountain but had parked her car at Gondo Homestead in Zimbiro village.

The State claims that the accused then started using the stolen car as a taxi.

Luck eventually ran out for Ziyambi after he was arrested on allegations of assaulting his girlfriend in Shamva, leaving ‘his’ car in the custody of Shamva Police Station.

It was only after the accused’s accomplice was arrested in September 2019 in connection with robbery, that the vehicle at Shamva Police Station was deemed as stolen property. leading to charges of vehicle theft against Ziyambi.

The accused was referred to the High court for bail application, with his case remanded to March 3 for continuation of trial.

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