Residents of Bluffhill, Westgate and Sandton Suburbs in Harare can now breathe a sigh of relief following the arrest of three groups of gangsters who were terrorising their neighbourhood.

Acting on a tip-off from members of the public, detectives from Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Marlborough arrested Richard Kandigo (alias Spencer Gandi) (27) and Perfect Godwin Chakombera (30) in early December 2017 and charged them with four counts of Unlawful Entry and Theft. They were taken to court and convicted for all the four counts.

The accused were so cunning and too daring such that they would pounce on the unsuspecting victims during day time. They targeted mostly Bluffhill and Westgate Suburbs.

“They moved around the suburbs, pretending to be looking for employment whilst making surveillances and gathering intelligence on people’s houses.

Where, they found no occupants in the house, the accused used iron bars to force open doors or windows and steal whatever portable valuables they found inside,” said Detective Chief Inspector Tapiwa Madakuchekwa, the Officer-In-Charge, CID Marlborough.

 

He said, a few days later, detectives pounced again on the pair of Edmore Kadziyanike (24) and Tobias Kapasura (34), whom they charged with 10 counts of Unlawful Entry and Theft. These two, were arrested while trying to sell one of the stolen television sets in Harare Central Business District (CBD).

At the time of going to print, Kandiyanike and Kapasura were still appearing in court for routine remand, awaiting trial.

The third group of Tendai Ncube (23), Ngonidzashe Chasakara (39), Stephen Ngirishi (29) and Gainmore Gawamunorwa (27) assisted the police to clear nine cases of Unlawful Entry and Theft, also in the same suburbs.

When they were taken to court, the accused persons pleaded guilty to all charges and were sentenced to between five and 12 years imprisonment each.

Police recovered various goods, which included 25 Plasma Television sets, gas tanks, generators and clothes, among the stolen items. Acting CID Provincial Community Relations Liaison Officer, (PCRLO), Detective Assistant Inspector Pretty Rushwaya said, such gangsters have no place in our society but belong inside prison walls.

“Be assured that if you are a criminal, the long arm of the law will surely catch up with you. It does not matter that you commit crime under the cover of darkness, as ZRP we are known in the region for producing results always when conducting our investigations,” she said.

Detective Assistant Inspector Rushwaya warned members of the community to be wary of strangers roaming around their neighbourhood as some people would be having sinister motives.

She urged property owners to also keep serial numbers of their electrical gadgets, as well as, inscribe codes or secret insignia on all their assets for easy identification when stolen and recovered.

One of the victims, Mrs Thandiwe Runyowa of Sandton said, the criminals pounced when the family had gone to church leaving the house unattended. She however thanked CID Marlborough for their efforts in arresting the criminals.

The much awaited police television programme, Crime Watch was finally aired after a long time of completing the logistical glitches.

The programme is being aired soon after the main news bulletin at 2115 hours every Tuesday and has already received feedback from members of the public.

The first segment of the programme showcases news of the week where the producers of the programme visit provinces to record news transpiring on the ground and interview people on the spot. They also cover police events happening around the country.

The second segment is where the producers engage the public to hear what they say and we also invite police comment on issues raised from there.

The third segment is where we feature profiles of various departments of the ZRP. We discuss what the departments do in the fight against crime.

For this broadcasting season which began in October, Crime Watch is expected to produce 13 episodes. By the time of going to print, 10 episodes had already been on air and a lot of feedback had been received.

“I love this show 100 percent. It teaches our children what society expects from them. This programme should be broadcast at least twice a week. Thumbs up to Crime Watch,” wrote one of the viewers.

Another viewer, Billy from Bulawayo asked for the programme to be re-aired.

“It was amazing. Bring it back again next week,”.

Another viewer requested the publishing of names of accused persons during the programme.

“Thank you for this platform. As a concerned citizen, I would like to register my discontent on how you hide the identity of offenders of various crimes on ZTV. I was watching Crime Watch where there was an issue of robbers with machetes and knobkerries but only saw the victims but not offenders. I appreciate your response and respect your noble duties in making our country peaceful. God bless you all,”.

“Thank you for the programme, Crime Watch. Will be glad if you provide us with more issues that have to do with serious crimes and more court cases,” said another anonymous viewer.

Meanwhile, the Press and Public Relations at Police General Headquarters is calling for sections and departments of the ZRP to immediately contact them should there be news or success stories which they will have scored. This will be recorded for Crime Watch Programme.

The Glen Norah community, through its Crime Consultative Committee (CCC), has partnered the Zimbabwe Republic Police in fighting crime in their neighbourhood by donating six brand new bicycles to the station. This is the first donation to the police by the committee which was formed early this year.

The cycles were received by the Officer Commanding Harare Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Elias Mvere at a colourful ceremony held at Glen Norah Police station. They will be used by police officers in their daily operations such as scene attendance and patrols among others.

Speaking at the ceremony, SAC Mvere commended the Glen Norah community for making such a timely donation that will assist police in carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.

“This gesture shows that we have a community which is committed to joining hands with the police in fighting crime in their area. Footing to distant places delay scene attendance and this leads to loss of valuable evidence and lack of confidence in the police by the public.

“The cycles will go a long way in increasing our visibility in the community’’, he said.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Mvere noted that crime in the area was decreasing but however challenged the Glen Norah Police to work hard in order to deliver on what they promised during the province’s Client Service Charter reinvigoration.

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Team ZRP that represented the organisation in the just ended Zimbabwe National Youth Games that were co-hosted by Matabeleland North and Bulawayo provinces won the newly introduced uniformed forces category.

The ZRP was named the overall winner in the uniformed forces open age category with 9 gold medals and one silver followed by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) and Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).

The police was represented in five disciplines - Netball, Athletics, Chess, Volleyball and table tennis. All the teams scooped gold medals except for Chess, who won a bronze medal.

The tennis team was comprised of most ladies from Bulawayo Province as the games were announced very late such that a team could not be assembled in time from the National Sports Office National Sports Office.

The three member women team battled it out with other uniformed forces in the newly introduced uniformed forces category.

Detective Sergeant Nontokozo Moyo of Bulawayo CID Law and Order, Sergeant Maria Ndlovu of Njube police station, and Constable Clara Matenga of Nkulumane police station thwarted all her three opponents.

The women’s team beat the ZNA 2-0, ZPCS 2-1 and AFZ 2-0, in all the round robin singles matches that they played.

The three victories helped the ladies secure a gold medal in the uniformed forces open age category in which they were presented with a winner’s shield.

Officer Commanding Police Bulawayo Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Mutamba praised women’s team for their spirited performance urging them to keep up the fighting spirit that saw them winning a gold medal in their first competition

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police maintained its supremacy over other government departments at exhibitions held during this year around the country. After coming second at both the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair [ZITF] and Harare Agricultural Show, the organisation went back to the drawing board in a bid to restrategise.

In the eight provincial exhibitions that ensued, the ZRP scooped seven first position accolades in the Uniformed Services or Non-Commercial Services category in Mashonaland West, Midlands, Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Matebeleland North, Mashonaland East and Manicaland provincial shows. Matebeleland South scooped the second position.

The culture of winning by ZRP at exhibitions can be attributed to the exposure that our Provincial Community Relations Liaison Officers (PCRLOs) gained from the national office through steering committees that they are part of.

Speaking at the close of exhibitions, Masvingo Provincial Liaison Officer, Inspector Charity Mazula said her province is now reaping benefits from the knowledge she gained from the previous shows.She thanked Chief Staff Officer Press and Public Relations, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba for affording her an opportunity to be part of the steering committee both at ZITF and Harare Agricultural Show.

On the other hand, her counterpart Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakowa of Manicaland Province said the inclusion of ZRP Kuyedza Women’s Club, Museums, Sub Aqua pool and Criminal Investigations Department’s (CID) Drugs and Narcotics appear

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