Muchinguri bursts notorious syndicate of robbers

Muchinguri ordered senior police officers in Mutare to ensure members of the notorious syndicate were arrested after they had pounced on her
close relative, also involved in illegal diamond buying. Former Miss Mutare Derleen Soma and a well known CIO operative Walter

Mupira teamed up police officers to extort and rob illegal foreign diamond buyers of cash.

The eight have appeared at the Mutare Magistrates’ Court and granted bail. The police officers who were arrested are Munyaradzi Muza, Ernest
Kariwo, Gift Msipa and Tichawona Joseph. The operation was led by a well-known diamond dealer, Trymore Gata and his friends Booker
Chinamasa, Trevor Magirazi, Simo Korera and Blessing Tauro.

Police are hunting for the other three police officers who are now on the run. The three are Mike Masenda, Terrence Mashaire and DumisaniNdlovu.

It is alleged the group on eight different occasions robbed or extorted money from 16 complainants from June this year. They would go
to an illegal diamond buyer pretending to be selling diamonds. They would threaten the illegal buyers with arrest if they did not buy
their diamonds. In the process they took varying amounts from the illegal diamond buyers.

Police sources said the syndicate’s free reign came to an end after they approached a close relative of Muchinguri and robbed her of US$1000.

Muchinguri’s relative is also actively involved in the buying of diamonds, the police sources said. When Muchinguri’s relative was robbed by the gang she immediately reported to her and she instructed our bosses to make arrests,” said one senior police officer based at Mutare Central Police Station.

The source said if the gang had not robbed a relative of a senior Zanu PF official they could not have been arrested because they appeared to
enjoy immunity. “The police knew about their activities but for some reasons they kept quiet. I am sure if they had not hit the wrong person they would not have been arrested,” said another source.