Residents in Rugare are celebrating the death of a suspected criminal whom they said had terrorized them.
Tawanda Mugove, popularly known as Motion, died on Tuesday morning following a thorough bashing from the angry mob in Rugare.
It is reported that on a fateful day, he was in the company of his two accomplices when they attempted to rob an unsuspecting resident. All hell broke loose, leading to his apprehension while his colleagues escaped.
He had been using the same modus operandi to rob and assault his victims. However, many versions are coming out on what really transpired leading to his fate.
Residents who spoke to H-Metro said they were living in fear following a 2013 incident in which Motion reportedly raped before killing a minor. On a fateful day, Motion was caught while attempting to rob a house in Rugare on Tuesday early morning.
“It’s being said he confessed to killing that girl and having kept the missing parts. “He was a hardcore criminal known for housebreaking and assaulting people and he was around 37 years of age. “He was popularly known as Motion for his actions in the community.
“People are now scared to talk about it as the family is now threatening people as they are celebrating instead of sympathising with the family,” said another resident.
Another resident interviewed by H-Metro said mob justice was necessary. “Mob justice pamunhu anga aane mamonths achirohwa, pamwe akaro-hwerwa musaga and people thought he wouldn’t walk but that very week anga aakutoba futi.
“Mapurisa akamusunga maizoshamisika munhu abuda ndozvapa vanhu hasha kuti pavamubata vonyatsomurova. “No one ever takes the law into their own hands muRugare, its rare kunzwa kuti pane munhu abatwa achiba akarohwa, abatwa anongosungiswa but zvinozorwadza munongoerekana mamuona aapanze.
“Last week of May he was spotted paraini pedu around 2am achijamba in between the security walls. “Until Same vanhu vachimutsvaga before he was apprehended while he was in possession of a knife and an axe which was his known tools of trade.
“He was apprehended at the house next to mine before his relatives called another unknown person whom misrepresented that he was a police officer,” said the source.
Added the resident: “Only for people to realize the next morning that he was not taken to the station nekuti akatizwa naye nehama dzake. “Akasiya athreatena vanhu kuti ndokudzokerai and aidzoka nehama dzacho in a jaguar isina manumber plates and has tinted windows.”
Another resident said, people were living in fear in the area. “People were living in fear because of this guy and anga anzwa nekurohwa and most likely achikuvarira mukati.
“Zvazongoitawo munyama ava varova munhu akabva anofira kumapurisa. “Aiva nevamwe varume 2 who managed to escape from the scene when he was apprehended.”
Another resident said: “The incident took place at around midnight after they broke into a house in Nyandoro Street while attempting to steal a television set.
“Vanhu vakakwanisa kubata Mugove chete asi vamwe vacho vakatiza. “Mugove was a well-known criminal in the area and people were tired of beating the same person every time.
“So people gave him a thorough bashing before he passed on at around 1am on Tuesday while he was in police custody,” said the resident.
It was reported that Motion allegedly raped before killing a 10-year-old girl in 2013 and dumped her in a maize field.
The case has since sparked outrage.