Two man who are in the business of buying second hand clothing for Harare’s busy “Mabhero” market were last month robbed of over US$100 000 under very dramatic circumstances involving a police detective.
The detective with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Richard Majone (36) and his co-accused Philip Tambaoga (32) were in court last week on charges of robbing the two men of US$130 000 at a fake roadblock in Harare City Centre.
Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga remanded the pair in custody to October 15 and advised them to apply for bail at the High Court due to the gravity of the charges against them.
According to the court record, the two who were in the company of four others who are still on the run, hatched a plan to rob the two known Mabhero buyers on their way out of town to Mozambique for their routine business.
The six, with two of them in police uniforms, took guts to mount an illegal police roadblock at the busy intersection of Robert Mugabe Road and Samora Machel Avenue merging into Mutare Road in Msasa where they stopped the taxi hired by the complainant and his friend.
The accussed gang harassed the taxi driver and his passengers in a manner local police officers would normally do before eventually taking charge of the car with the driver bundled into the back seat. They drove away to a secluded spot down the road where they allegedly took a black bag with the loot and made their escape in a black Honda Fit.