Mushika-shika Robbery: A Shurugwi Man Robbed of Cash and a Cellphone
On Monday, a 52-year-old man was robbed of cash and a cellphone by three men who had offered him a lift in Shurugwi. The police have launched a manhunt for the assailants.
Location Where the Man Was Robbed
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the incident. He stated that, “It is alleged that Felix Matenda of Munikwa village boarded a grey Honda Fit which had three occupancy near Glow Service Station. He was travelling to Gamwa from Shurugwi”.
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How Robbery Occurred
When they reached Todal Mine turn-off along the Shurugwi-Masvingo Road, the driver parked the vehicle. One of the passengers threatened to kill Matenda with a knife and then robbed him of his cash and cellphone.
According to Newdays, Inspector Mahoko stated, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms a robbery case in which a 52-year-old man was robbed of cash amounting to US$385 and a cellphone on May 22 at about 18:40 hours in Shurugwi. Upon reaching Todal Mine turn-off along the Shurugwi-Masvingo Road, the driver pulled off the road and parked the vehicle.”
Police’s Appeal to the Public
Inspector Mahoko appealed to members of the public to desist from boarding Mushika-shika(private vehicles) and to instead use public transport. He also urged anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of the suspects to come forward and assist with investigations. “Police are appealing for information that might lead to the arrest of the suspects. Once again we urge members of the public to desist from boarding mushikashika (private) vehicles, and instead resort to public transport,” he said.
The robbery incident in Shurugwi highlights the need for caution when accepting lifts from strangers especially mushika-shika. It is crucial to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to avoid such incidents.