MASVINGO VILLAGERS, POLICE TEAM UP IN HUNT FOR RAPIST ARMED ROBBERS
Fuming villagers from Masvingo teamed up with the police in a call for justice after three men allegedly gang ra_ped a teacher, robbing her and force-marched her na_ked to the next school where they also robbed other teachers.
It is reported that the three men allegedly raided Rumwanda Secondary School in Zaka’s Chipinda resettlement area around 2AM on a Tuesday where other female teachers lived demanding cellphones as well as Eco cash pins before attacking a businessman leaving him seriously injured.
After the shocking incident angry villagers decided to team up with the police who found two of the suspects hiding in some bushes and apprehended them on Wednesday, while the other is still on the run.
A source at the school said a security guard at the school spotted the suspects and alerted the group that was hunting for them.
“He spotted the robbers near Mawuru business centre and two of them were apprehended and handed over to the police,” said the source
Inspector Charity Mazula, Masvingo’s Police spokesperson confirmed that the captured suspects are assisting police with the investigations.
“I can confirm that police have arrested two suspects in connection with the robbery incident which occurred at Rumwanda Secondary school in Zaka. We will soon conduct an identification parade where the victims are expected to identify the suspects,” said Mazula.
Masvingo Provincial Education Director Mr Zadius Chitiga said the affected teachers were now living in perpetual fear and that the ministry is disturbed by such acts, urging the law enforcers to bring the culprits to book.
“We have recommended that the affected teachers should undergo psychological counselling by our trained counselors. We have the best therapists,” said Mr Chitiga. He urged the schools to ensure that there was tight security around their premises to avoid a repeat of the incident.
“I had the opportunity to meet some of the injured teachers and their condition is now stable. The incident is unfortunate and I urge school authorities to ensure that there is tight security around the premises,” he said.
A teacher form the school who wanted to remain anonymous said that they are now living in fear since it’s no longer safe for them.
“The situation at the school is tense following Tuesday’s incident. Some lady teachers are contemplating applying for transfers,” said the teacher.