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Indian Businessman Robbed

A suspected robber who is believed to be part of the gang that masqueraded as soldiers and pounced on businessman Jayesh Shah in November last year before robbing him of over $90 000 has been nabbed.

The gang accused Shar of planning to assassinate President Emmerson Mnangagwa and sponsoring the G40 faction in Zanu PF.

Onismos Maruke, 43, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with armed robbery.

The matter was remanded to February 15 after he was advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

Shah is the owner of Gift Investments, a company which imports buses for Zimbabwe United Passengers Company.

Circumstances are that on November 28 last year, Maruke, in the company of Elvis Machinga, Vengai Shoko, Gift Chimuka, one Banga, Matuke, Maruke who are already on remand and others, whose names are not yet known and are still on the run, drove to the complainant’s offices in Avondale West.

They confronted a security guard purporting to be military police. The suspects produced pistols and ordered the security guard to surrender the gate keys.

It is alleged they unlocked the gate and while inside, they lied that they were on a State-sanctioned operation. The suspects later went away after they failed to locate the complainant.

On the following day at around 9am, the suspects returned to the complainant’s premises and forcibly entered his office.
Inside, they accused Shah of dealing with former government ministers Ignatius Chombo and Saviour Kasukuwere. and sponsoring the G40 faction in a conspiracy to assassinate Mnangagwa.

The gang allegedly ransacked Shar’s office and stole $15 000, $10 Singapore Dollars, 3 050 Dubai Dhiram, 16 000 Thai bat and 4 000 Hong Kong Dollars.

They dragged Shar and his secretary, Louise Smith into his Hyundai Sonata vehicle and drove to Rainbow Towers Hotel.

They threatened Shar with detention at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks and with severe assault. They searched him and stole $6 000 from his wallet.

The court heard they forced him to disclose where he kept more money and the complaint succumbed to the threats and he told them it was at his Gift Investment Company premises in Southerton.

They ordered the complaint to summon his wife with keys to that premises and she arrived.

They drove off to the premises and the suspects stole $70 000 cash from the safe.

They then went to the complainant’s place of residence and ransacked the house, but could not get anything.

They later gave the complainant $4 500 and ordered him to flee the country and not return and they went away with the loot.

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