Suspected armed robbers in court

Source: Suspected armed robbers in court | Herald (Crime)

Senior Court Reporter

ONE of the four suspected armed robbers who were arrested following a
shoot-out with the police in Harare on Wednesday, allegedly raped one of
the victims, forced her mother to perform oral sex on him, before
defecating in a bucket of mealie meal during a robbery in 2019.

Abel Marufu Mukandawire (40) of Unit J, Seke in Chitungwiza, is alleged to
have been one of the seven people who robbed the family of a Mercedes Benz
vehicle into which they loaded property they had stolen from the victims
before driving off.

Mukandawire, yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Shane Kubonera
charged with robbery, rape and aggravated indecent assault.

He was not asked to plead to the charges and was remanded in custody to
August 30.

Mr Kubonera advised Mukandawire to approach the High Court for bail

Prosecutor Mr Lancelot Mutsokoti said on October 6, 2019, Mukandawire
teamed up with Francis Hazangure, Blessing Gamanya, Edmore Marwizi
Mapuranga, Roy Mutemagazi and Kudakwashe Choga armed with weapons and went
to the victim’s house at around midnight.

They gained entry into the house after breaking the kitchen door and woke
up the complainants before they force-marched them into the lounge where
they ordered them to lie facing downwards.

The court heard that Mukandawire took the girl to the bathroom where he
allegedly raped her.

Mr Mutsokoti alleged that some of Mukandawire’s accomplices took the
girl’s mother to a storeroom where one of them inserted his fingers into
her privates.

Mukandawire is alleged to have followed into the storeroom where he forced
the girl’s mother to perform oral sex on him.

The robbers allegedly stole cellphones, US$4 110, $700 and other household
property which they loaded into the family’s car and drove off.

Mukandawire also appeared before the same court jointly charged with
Edmore Marwizi Mapuranga on another count of armed robbery.

The two allegedly robbed a butchery and got away with US$70, $700 and
other valuables on July 28.

On June 19 this year, the duo allegedly stormed a house in Harare and went
away with various items and US$800.

On the same day, Mukandawire and Mapuranga allegedly robbed Vincent
Matsika of his Jaguar XF and valuables all worth US$32 800.

Blessing Gamanya and Francis Hazangure, who are part of the armed robbery
gang, were separately charged from their hospital beds after being shot in
a gun fire  exchange with the police.

They are all in custody and expected to be back in court on August 30.