By Nkosana Dlamini
The doomed attack on Joseph Nemaisa’s Chadcombe home that saw him ruthlessly gun down three of the suspects Monday night was a case of mistaken target as the assailants had, in fact, intended to rob one of the ex-detective’s cash rich neighbours, police investigations have established.
In a statement Friday, ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said police have arrested one Shine Tanaka Nyamhunga for alleged attempts to set the armed gang on his employer.
“Comprehensive police investigations have revealed that, Nemaisa’s family was a case of wrong target as Shine Tanaka Nyamhunga had given his accomplices some information on some cash transactions by a company where he is employed.
“He told his accomplices that the money is kept at his employer’s house in Chadcombe.
“The employer stays about four to five houses away from Nemaisa’s residence.”
Nemaisa, with years of police experience in hunting down notorious criminals, found himself in a fierce exchange of gunfire with five armed men who had invaded his home in his absence and held his family hostage while demanding for some cash.
He astonishingly outwitted them, gunning down three while the other two suspects escaped.
Those who were shot were identified as Brian Koga Tendere (38), of Chikupo Village, Murewa; Charles Chirara (30) of Ushewokunze, Harare and Tariro Gora (21) of One Commando Barracks, Harare while those who escaped but later got caught are Francis Takura (33), an ex-Constable and Private Virimai Nyandoro (37).
Added Nyathi, “The attack on Nemaisa’s residence is therefore a case of mistaken identity or target as Shine Tanaka Nyamhunga was in constant touch with Tariro Gora with a view of having his employer targeted by the armed robbers.”
Police investigations so far have led to the recovery of an AK rifle and several electronic gadgets that include cameras and cell phones.