Chiyangwa company robbed

THE ZIMBABWE Engineering Company (Zeco), a stock exchange-listed firm chaired by Philip Chiyangwa, recently lost property worth more than $3 300 to four suspected thieves.

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Three of the suspects were arrested while loading the stolen items, with the fourth still on the run.

The three, Rixson Mukungurutse (36) of Nkulumane, Sydney Mandizvidza (30) of Tshabalala, and Blessed Mandizvidza (29) of Sizinda, were not asked to plead to theft when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Takundwa Witness Mtetwa on Friday.

They were remanded out of custody to July 5 on $30 bail each.
The court heard that on June 25, policemen Constable Patrick Makusha and Knowledge Mabwe both based at Donnington Police Station, were on patrol at 3.40am along Josiah Chinamano Road, when they saw a car parked opposite Zeco.

When they drew close to the vehicle, they realised that four men were loading angle iron into the vehicle.

They managed to arrest Mukungurutse and the two Mandizvidza brothers, but Ure Sibanda managed to escape and is still at large.

During the arrest police recovered 26 angle irons, each six metres long, that were allegedly stolen from Zeco.

The cost of the stolen material was $4 414 and only property worth $1 092 was recovered.

The company is represented by Matavire Chikoko of Borrowdale in Harare.

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