Saturday, June 22, 2024

Zimbabwe: Most Wanted Robber Arrested

One of the country’s most wanted suspected robber Cornwell Junior Kasambarare, who is believed to have masterminded a spate of armed robbery, including the famous Mashwede Holdings heist and housebreaking cases in Harare has been arrested.

Kasambarare, alleged to have been part of Musa Taj Abdul’s criminal gang was released in 2021 on bail before he disappeared.

He was believed to have been part of a gang that was targeting households and business premises including the famous Mashwede Holdings heist which occurred in March 2020.

Sources close to the investigations said Kasambarare who has been operating from South Africa was arrested yesterday in the city.

He is still in police custody and assisting with investigations.

Kasambarare’s alleged accomplice Spicer Takawira was arrested in 2021 on charges of house breaking and theft sometime and has been in custody since then.

However, police have been looking for Kasambarare, not just as a suspect, but also because he had an outstanding warrant of arrest for skipping bail and defaulting court.

Kasambarare, Takawira together with Leo Mandaza, Godwin Kusikwenyu and another one only identified as Chamu, were also accused of seven cases of house breaking and theft in Harare.

Takawira, Musafare Mupanhanga and Kasambarare are also alleged to be part of the gang that raided Mashwede Holdings in 2020 and got away with over US$100 000, R42 000, $14 000 worth of fuel coupons, firearms and 20 live rounds of ammunition.

With Mandaza and Takawira in custody, police have been appealing for information that may lead to the arrest of Kasambarare.

In March 2020, Mashwede Holdings lost the cash to five workers and nine suspected robbers. The five workers, Mupanhanga and Kasambarare, were then arrested and appeared in court.