The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is investigating allegations that there is a group of criminals using a black Toyota Wish posing as security agents and targeting motorists in Harare to rob them of their money.
The gang impersonating the police, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and the President’ Office is reportedly accusing motorists of going through red traffic lights or interfering with the movement of the Presidential motorcade or convoys of senior Government officials.
The gang stops the motorists and introduce themselves telling their victims they are under arrest before asking for money to let them go scot-free. Reports of the gang’s modus operandi went viral on social media at the weekend.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that investigations are currently underway in connection with the viral social media audio on alleged robbers or criminals who are using a black Toyota Wish vehicle and posing as members of the security services from the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe National Army and the President’s Office to target and prey on unsuspecting motorists.
“The targeted motorists are initially accused of either going through a red traffic light, disturbing or interfering with the movement of the State motorcade or senior Government officials before being robbed,” national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement.
One of the suspects is said to be wearing a ZRP uniform while the others claim to be from the ZNA or the President’s Office.
Asst Comm Nyathi urged motorists to drive to the nearest police when approached by the gang or alert the ZRP National Complaints Desk on telephone number (0242) 703631 or Harare Operations number (0242) 748836.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has intensified efforts to ensure the suspects are arrested for the law to take its course,” he said.