A 28-YEAR-OLD soldier was last week arrested for robbing US$20 000 and ZWL420 from a complainant he and his accomplices had accused of being a ‘money changer’.
Emmanuel Tafirenyika Kambanje, who is said to be in the Zimbabwe National Army, was allegedly apprehended at the scene, Sifura Shopping Centre, in Kuwadzana Extension by the complainant with assistance from the public after his four accomplices fled.
Kambanje today appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts before magistrate Barbra Mateko.
He is facing robbery allegations as defined in section 126 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
It is the State’s case that on February 20 the accused, in the company of four of his accomplices approached the complainant who was seated in his vehicle.
They allegedly started assaulting the complainant after accusing him of being a ‘money changer’ and dealing in foreign currency.
The accused is said to have dragged the complainant out of his vehicle and continued to assault him while the other accused persons searched the complainant’s vehicle.
The five reportedly stole US$20 000 and ZWL420.
Kambanje’s accomplices allegedlly fled from the scene with the loot after the complainant fired one warning shot from his Astra pistol.
The complainant reportedly managed to catch the accused with the help of the public.
They took him to Kuwadzana 2 Police Station.
Kambanje was told to return to court on Tuesday for bail application.
In another matter, 40-year-old Tinashe Tsambaye Mazambani from Epworth is facing armed robbery charges, together with three accomplices.
The accused persons are said to have robbed US$150 and ZWL120 from Rwatirera Zunde at gun point and still demanded that she surrender US$200 000, which they claimed she had or they would rape her.
Mazambani was referred to the High Court for bail.
He was remanded to March 9 for continuation of trial.