RUSAPE – The difficult in getting back foreign currency after depositing it with banks is forcing many people to keep their money under mattresses at home.
This has seen Zimbabweans losing thousands of dollars to robbers in the last few years, Chipinge Times can report.
Six armed robbers broke into two Rusape homes two weeks ago and went away with foreign currency worth US$14 500 and other property which brought the total value lost to US$23 710 and ZAR 2 200.
National Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the two incidents to Chipinge Times.
Details in the hands of Chipinge Times indicate that on January 12 2021, at around 1am at number 5216 Ridgemond Park, Rusape, six robbers broke the dining door and gained entry into Memory Murefu’s house and they stole a 300AH solar battery, two Itel cellphones and a toy gun. The robbers went away unnoticed.
They then proceeded to house number 5215 and gained entry by breaking Eliwe Mutemaringa’s kitchen door. They further broke the spare bedroom door where Tanaka Kaseke, Mike Moyo, Devon Makawa and Tinotenda Mutemaringa were sleeping.
They awakened them and started assaulting them with the back of a shovel. Two robbers were armed with pistols and a toy gun. Kaseke, Moyo, Makawa and Mutemaringa were tied using a curtain and their cellphones were taken away.
The robbers proceeded to the main bedroom where Eliwe Mutemaringa was sleeping and assaulted her with open hands and a shovel demanding cash. The complainant showed them a place under the sofa where US$14 500 was kept. They also stole a battery from a Chevrolet motor vehicle before vanishing in a Honda fit which had US$500 and ZAH 2 200.
Nyathi urged the public to desist from keeping large sums of money at home.
“Information about money being kept in homes leaks to criminals and it’s likely that the people who are close to the complaints are the ones leaking the information. We urge the public not to keep large sums of money at home. The government has allowed the multi currency system to operate which means individuals or institutions can access their money from the bank,” he said.