Harare-Masvingo freeway tar thief arrested

BY Jairos Saunyama

POLICE have arrested a 32-year-old man on costs of stealing tar value $94 000 that was meant for the Harare-Masvingo Freeway dualisation.

Nationwide Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi stated the accused, Artwell Mahakwa, was arrested in Bulawayo following a tip-off.

It’s alleged that between March four and 6 this 12 months, the Transport and Infrastructural Growth ministry obtained 250×200-litre drums of tar in Chivhu.

The accused then teamed up along with his confederate, who remains to be at massive, and stole 115 drums and hid them in Bulawayo.

“Performing on a tip-off which was obtained lately, police in Chivhu proceeded to Bulawayo, the place they arrested the accused and recovered tar valued at $24
521,71. Complete worth of tar that was stolen is $94 000,” Nyathi stated.

There was uproar within the nation when the tar went lacking and questions have been raised over authorities’s seriousness in engaged on the highway, which has develop into a
demise entice.

In the meantime, Police in Mutoko intercepted 300 luggage of charcoal stashed in an unmarked Iveco truck heading for Harare earlier than arresting 5 suspects.

The present large load-shedding has seen folks destroying indigenous hardwood forests in Mutawatawa and Mudzi to make charcoal for resale primarily in Harare.

Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the arrests of 5 suspects, amongst them a 38-year-old girl Chipo Chibadu of
Rusi village, below Chief Chikwizo in Mudzi.

The opposite 4 are from Harare they usually embrace Ephraim Mbuse (40), Macdonald Ndovha (19), Clivet Karimbika (20) and Norest Yanule (18).

“I affirm the arrest of 5 suspects who have been nabbed whereas transporting 300 luggage of charcoal alongside the Harare-Nyamapanda Freeway. The suspects have been charged
for contravening part 29 of the Forestry Act Chapter 19:05. We urge members of the general public to report any case of individuals transporting charcoal to alert the police,” Mwanza stated.

On Saturday at round noon, the police have been tipped off that the suspects have been transporting charcoal to Harare utilizing a truck.

Law enforcement officials mounted a roadblock and intercepted the purple Iveco truck on the 138km peg alongside the Harare-Nyamapanda Freeway and recovered the 300 luggage of
charcoal.

The truck driver, Mbuse, was arrested alongside along with his accomplices and the truck was taken to Mutoko Police Station.

Two weeks in the past, six males have been arrested after they have been caught with three truckloads of charcoal in Mutawatawa.

In one other matter, police have launched the names of people that perished alongside the Gweru-Masvingo highway on Sunday.

They’re Gladys Mapfumo (73), Francis Zvekare (25), Fortune Dube (28), Molly Muyambo (45), Tanyaradzwa Mapfumo (6) and Coneleous Basera (45).

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Author: Takudzwa Abioye

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