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Gutu motorist tied onto tree, robbed of his car

Tendai Mange
It
was one hell of an experience for a motorist recently when robbers he had
picked up at Mpandawana thinking they were genuine travellers tied him onto a
tree using a rope before getting away with his car.
Enerst
Chambare (46) was driving a Toyota Granvia owned by Godwin Hwenga when he
picked up four passengers at Gutu Garage at around 19:30hrs on March 31, but
little did he know they were car thieves.
They
had lied that they wanted to be dropped off at Maungwa business centre.
Along
the way, the man seated in the front passenger seat asked the driver to stop at
Muzorori, 12km from Gutu Garage along the Gutu-Masvingo Road so that they could
pick up a female friend.
He
got out of the car and pretended to be looking for the friend, only for the
other three muggers to strangle the driver.
One
of the robbers drove for about 20km from Muzorori while the other three took
the driver’s phone, cash and forced him to reveal his EcoCash pin.
They
later tied him onto a tree and made a U-turn back to Gutu, leaving the
screaming Chambare stranded. The victim was only rescued by a villager
identified as Peter Mugova.
Mugova
called Hwenga who later arrived at the scene with detectives from Gutu police
station.
Masvingo
Provincial Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Charity Mazula warned motorists against
picking strangers especially during the night.

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