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Police Concerned Over Rise Of "Makaramata" Robbers Targeting Haulage Trucks

Police Concerned Over Rise Of

Police in Mashonaland West have raised concern over the rise in robberies targeting haulage truck drivers.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) provincial spokesperson, Inspector Margaret Chitove, said the robbers, commonly known as “Makaramata” (Climbers) waylay slow-moving trucks as they go uphill, cut pressure hoses of the hydraulic systems, which force vehicles to stop before they pounce.

NewZimbabwe.com’s correspondent for Mashonaland West, James Muonwa, cites Chitove as saying reported incidents had escalated, particularly in the mountainous Chikuti area.

In a recent incident which occurred on June 15, 2022, at the 168 kilometre-peg along the Harare-Chirundu highway, a truck driver, Guardian Sobafana, was driving alone en route to Chirundu.

Upon reaching the said spot, unidentified robbers threw stones at the vehicle, while others climbed onto it and cut pressure pipes, forcing the truck to stop.

The assailants sprayed the driver’s eyes with an irritant before stealing a cellphone, radio, an assortment of clothes and blankets, all valued at US$797.

They assaulted Sabafana using sticks and boots, resulting in him sustaining facial injuries.

Police urged drivers to avoid travelling at night in a bid to curb such incidents.

Chitove also urged drivers to park at designated truck stops and continue journeys during the day when it is less likely they would be targeted by robbers. 

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11 Comments

Chibangu 2 weeks ago

mapurisa epamakuti vanopiwa mari ishuwa chero ukareporter havana kana action pese pandinodarika nepo usiku ndotowana paine case yerobbery pamakuti pamukwidza paye.porisi ikuziva zvikuitika


G40 2 weeks ago

kuona kwenyu munofunga kt varikutadza kubatwa here mbavha idzi or dzinoti dzikaba dzodya nemapurisa same place panorobhewa vanhu every week nembavha idzodzi ishamwari dzemapurisa


Biden 2 weeks ago

Kwasara ku karamata ndege toenda England


The King of Serpents 2 weeks ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂

Chiurai 2 weeks ago

Mapurisa ndaaite basa. Ungati mu town mbavha dzarura musapinde nemari nema cellphone kana kuti burukai mukombi maiwana we kufamba naye. Imika


👼 2 weeks ago

that one can be solved police should be on patrol on that area simple nje


putin 2 weeks ago

toita sei chi**** nekungwavha tikafamba takawanda


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Billboard Of Public Opinion 2 weeks ago

Here in Namibia we used to have criminals of a similar modus operandi until the government tasked itself that every trucker should be accompanied by a national polo e officer till it is offloaded. Since then, we no longer have such mishaps.


neverdies 2 weeks ago

I urge drivers to have guns in their trucks. those robbers needs to be killed


Chawabvunza 2 weeks ago

Police have to arrange a strategy with shoot to kill instructions. If they shoot one only these criminals will stop their criminal activities.

MAPURISA NGAVAURAYE RIMWE CHETE REMAKORORO AYA. ZVINOPERA IZVI.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].


Joe Brownn 2 weeks ago

nyika ino yaipa chokwadi zvakutyisa izvi.



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