Female robber holds family hostage, snatches cash, valuables

Gender stereotypes shoved through the window by suspect Muchaneta Diana Zvimba

By Staff Reporter

A 30-year-old Chitungwiza woman shoved gender stereotypes through the window when she allegedly partnered her accomplices to rob a family of cash and valuables worth US$5 800 at gun point.

For the crime, Muchaneta Diana Zvimba was hauled before a Harare magistrate Tuesday facing robbery.

She was remanded in custody and can only apply for bail through the High Court in cases of robbery.

The court heard that on December 21 last year, the complainant, Kumbirai Wadzanai Gwata was asleep when he heard his door being forced open.

It is further alleged that Zvimba and her accomplices armed with a pistol entered the bedroom and ordered Gwata and his family to remain silent before demanding cash.

Prosecutors said the gang ransacked the house and stole an HP laptop, a Lenovo laptop, two iPhone 13 cell phones, an iPhone 11 cell phone, an LG cell phone, a Huawei cell phone, a Galaxy tablet, a Playstation controller, play station headphones, jewellery, six perfumes, a wrist watch, Toyota Hilux keys, Honda CRV keys and US$300 cash.

The total value stolen of stolen items was US$5 800 and nothing was recovered.

It is rare in Zimbabwe for women to be caught in armed robbery incidents involving violence.

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