Neighbourhood watch member nabbed over theft


A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch committee member from Gweru’s Lundi Park suburb has appeared in the Gweru Magistrates’ Court facing charges of unlawful entry and two counts of theft.


Muchadura Mungenge (33) appeared before magistrate Tendai Madanire accused of unlawful entry and stealing $3 560, R4 000, cellphones and handbags.

The complainants are sisters — Alethia Murairwa (39) a businesswoman and Nomore (23), a sales woman.

Allegations are that on October 22 at around 1:15am last year, Mungenge broke into Alethia and Nomore’s residence through a kitchen window.

Once inside, it is alleged that Mungenge proceeded to Nomore’s bedroom where he took two Samsung cellphones and a handbag that contained $860.

Mungenge allegedly proceeded to Alethia’s bedroom where he took her handbag with $2 700, a driver’s licence, bank cards and opened the bedroom suite drawer and took R4 000.

On his way out of the bedroom, Alethia was woken up by the sounds of movement. She went to check and saw the accused in the dining room.

According to State papers, Alethia shouted out loud, at which point the accused looked back and saw the complainant and made a quick exit through the window.

Others in the house were awakened by the noise and they realised that Nomore’s handbag and cellphones were missing.

A report was made at Gweru Central Police Station and Alethia told the police that she identified accused when he looked back. The police proceeded to Mungenge’s house, where he was arrested.

Bernard Nyoni prosecuted.

The hearing resumes today, with Mungenge being represented by Hillary Ndlovu.