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‘Junior’ Masendeke jailed 26 years

By Munyaradzi Musiiwa

It runs in the family, so the saying goes.

And it aptly applies to the Masendeke siblings from Gutu, Masvingo, who have engraved the family’s name in history for the wrong reasons.

Andrew Masendeke
Andrew Masendeke

It was only in 2003 when notorious robber and murderer Edmond Edgar Masendeke was hanged for a spate of crimes committed in various parts of the country.

Only yesterday, his young brother Andrew was sentenced to 26 years in prison for kidnapping and robbery.

Like his brother, Andrew committed various other crimes across the country.

Andrew, of Mukarati village under Chief Mukaro in Gutu, was arraigned before Gweru Regional Magistrate Mr Morgan Nemadire facing seven counts of robbery and kidnapping and he pleaded guilty.

Seven years of the 26-year sentence were suspended on condition he restituted the complainants.

Another seven years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

He will serve an effective 12 years.

Andrew’s accomplices, Tapiwa Chimuti (29), Anyway Madala (27) and Simbarashe Machiritsa (40) of Ascot Infill high-density suburb in Gweru, were last month sentenced to a collective 188 years after being linked to a spate of armed robberies in Bulawayo, Zvishavane, Gweru, Shurugwi, Kwekwe and Kadoma.

Andrew and his three accomplices, together with two other suspects, Matrimony Nyathi and Sydney Mangisi, who are still on the run, terrorised miners and businesspeople in the Midlands Province and Bulawayo getting away with over $25 000, a vehicle and six rifles.

Chimuti was sentenced to 91 years, Madala 76 and Machiritsa 21.

Police recovered the vehicle and guns which were used during the robberies and the property has since been forfeited to the State.

They committed the offences between February and June this year in Midlands and Bulawayo.

Prosecutor Mr Lloyd Mavhiza said on February 19 this year and at around 8pm, Andrew robbed Alfred Zvapera, a member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) stationed at Gokwe Traffic, before kidnapping him and his girlfriend.

Zvapera was driving a Toyota Noah in Mapfungautsi Extension high-density suburb in Gokwe.

He was stopped by Andrew and his accomplices.

They pretended to be hitch-hikers, but kidnapped the cop and his girlfriend at gunpoint.

They drove them to Bulawayo where they kept them for two days.

Andrew then fled to Birchenough Bridge, Manicaland, where he changed his name and started operating a pirate taxi.

He was involved in an accident in Chipinge and killed one person on the spot.

Police got a tip-off and arrested him for his other crimes.

Meanwhile, Patson Dzamara, brother to missing MDC-T activist-cum-journalist, Itai, and a University of Zimbabwe student, were yesterday sentenced to 315 hours of community service for robbing a police officer of his hat and baton in the Africa Unity Square in central Harare in June last year, writes Fungai Lupande.

The pair also stole two bags from women who were passing by.

Dzamara and Makomborero Haruzivishe (33) were convicted on charges of robbery and defeating the course of justice.

Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sande sentenced the pair to a year in prison before suspending three months for five years.

The remaining nine months were suspended on condition they complete 315 hours of community service.

Dzamara will perform the community service at Harare Magistrates’ Court while Haruzivishe will be at Borrowdale Police Station.

They start on Monday.

In passing sentence, Ms Sande said the pair’s motive was to demean the police officer and they committed the crime in the dead of night so that they could not be identified.

In mitigation, through his lawyer Mr Obey Shava, Dzamara pleaded for the court’s leniency saying he was looking after his brother Itai’s two children.

It is reported that on June 9 at around midnight the pair robbed Nomsa Dube and Angela Chuma who were passing through the Africa Unity Square where the two convicts were camped.

The women screamed for help and three police Constables, Nyazema, Makona and Nhidza, who were on patrol near the Parliament of Zimbabwe building, rushed to the scene.

The pair resisted arrest and snatched Cst Nhidza’s hat and baton.

They were later arrested.

  • Zvaiwana ngwarati

  • Ine nhamo mimba yakatakura zvakadai….feel sorry for the mother.

  • Utori mweya yemadzinza yehurombe.

  • Hey that family needs strong deliverence.

    • They must take the decision to move in the right path themselves a day the law must continue taking its course

    • KUKUTODA KUNORIPWA KWAKA URAIWA NEBROTHER YAVO IYI YANGOZI IYI OTHER WISE DZINZA RESE RICHAPERERA MUCHITOKISI SHAME

  • Shavi rekuvhima

  • shame,vakadya nyama yegudo ndokutora shavi reukororo

  • They are dull

  • Yaaaa I basa remadzinza ake kkkkkk

  • 26 yrs uchisendekera uri imomo mfanha

  • Anozvara benzi anozonzwa shungu, baba kana mai vebenzi (apa mapenzi) havana mufaro.

  • Hazvibatsire to continue from where your brother left kana zviri zvehumbavha .

  • Mhuri yakatukwa iyi, inoda Kristu muponesi.

    • Yakatukwa nani?

    • Newakaipa, chaedza chikasavapo vana vanoripira mhosva dzamadzibambo avo ekare kare.

  • gvt was wrong to hang the masendekes look where that has brought to the family infact prison and rehab is the best to reform a soul when you kill u kill only the body what about the soul it comes back to the family now more agressive and ruthless and if it finds a host it will perform more crimes than the ones done by the hanged so lets think before we call for hangman hangman munhu anemweya yerudzi rwake inoyenda kupi kana akafa ?

    • Hanging him was the best thing to do then. The young brother was supposed to have hands chopped off too.

    • that’s true hanging is the solution to reduce the number of murderers

    • yaaa sho thoz who kill by the sword wl die by the sword awuraya ngaafewo ndochaizvo!!

    • What about the ONE WHOM YOU CALL HANGMAN . Did God gave authority to someone to hang others ko ngozi yavo yoenda kunani kana iye avauraya

    • Usataure zvenhema hapana ngozi inouya kuna hangman…..killing pasina mhosva yaparwa or outside of war ndopanouya ngozi

    • Waakutaira ngozi kunaHangman ko iye paaiuraya ngozi yaienda kunaani?Muurai ngaaurawevo

    • Hangman hapana ngozi yaanombopika, Hangman akafanana nemusoja, he is killing for honourable reason, he is serving his country.

    • tirikutoritsvaga basa rehu hangman wotaura hako izvozvo, hapana ngozi paye

    • uchaona pauchaurayirwa wepamoyo pako kuti uchaita seuchaenda kunopa chioko muhomwe ku ZPS kuti isu tirikutsvaga basa rehu hangman tipinzwe basa nekukasika

    • Kkkkkkk

    • an eye for an eye,will make the world blind

    • The government did the right thing by hanging him. Why do you justify a murderer. Asi you’re also a murderer?

    • How old were my brother when Chidhumo and Masendeke ruled this country because if you were grown up you would understand that it was justified

    • nyaya iyi inoda kuongorwa nemoyo tisingatarore kt pane hukama hupi pkati pemupari nanyakuurava.hangman ibasa rinodzikwa nenyika anouraya haana mhosva nekut anongozadzisa basa rake sekuti naiye anourava haana simba anogamuchira zvichienderana nemhosva.remekedzai mitemo yenyika munochengetwa

    • Do unto them as you wish them todo unto you.

    • zim is okay the way it is put them in prison once u kill be prepared to hang more souls if u read the story of legion imagine if he hadnt be delivered and those evil spirits in him requested to incarnate another soul chi chaizobuda respect the soul nyama haina basa asi mweya ndomawani pane mweya yengozi what will be going on there its a soul that died in pain seeking revenge so dont use your imagination over logic countries are moving away from barbaric acts u still advocate for it koromora uwone kuti nyika matoto

  • Moyo you are right this guy though he has done something wrong his sentencing is too much,i think he is being punished for his name sake ,this guy needs thorough counseling and proper rehabilitation this long sentence will harden him

    • You don’t know the fear and havoc this thug and his brothers did to Kwekwe residents dude. I am very happy that this thug will spend more than 2 decades away from our beautiful city ndatenda!

    • How do u rehabilitate a non remorse serial law breaker….moda azosungwe auraya hana yenyu here???…..reform nerehabilitation wrks for first tym offenders

    • Imi musanyepere tsitsi pano, ko maidii kunomutsvaga asati aparamura yazomunyudza iyi?

    • Moda kuti akurumidze kudzoka kuzoiteiii

  • same same nevamwe vatinetsa pano pasi.kana vakafa pari kusara rumwe rudzi ruchazotinetsa futi.saka toita sei nerudzi urwu?

  • These so called kidnappers should kidnap me then they wil never kidnap for the rest of their lives cause they wil be limbless

  • was Edgar masendeke hanged come on guys

  • Sendekera uriko chi guy chese mudondo uchakuvara nebonyora ikoko

  • Inga zvainzi muZim hamuna hangman

  • Igamba

  • Imi varume tel me.mukuti zvaitwa izvi nevemitemo vakoneva?pane here aka.studer law pakati penyu .munhu haangosungwe asina mhosva chero zizi chairo harife nechando vani.Rudzi urwu runotongwa nezvavakabata inga isu vani hatiko kujeri kwacho .Think guys be4 you spik or writ not just mumaring

  • Then you hear they have repented and are now devoted christians in jail… the family needs deliverance

  • At least wagadzirawo Zita kkkk waizochembera usinawo kuverengwa mumapepa Kkkkkk asi apa warima Jeri apa kkkkkkk

  • they must arrest all the boys in the Family becouse inhaka kunotobuda umwe futi kunyange iyeye arimujeri

  • …Zvakatanga nevakuru vavo vachizviona nhasi vakubira vamwe……

  • Masendeke never kill anyone .this boy afira kty ndiyoung masendeke.dat crime is too soft 6 mnths was better for him and first offence.zanu guys kills but are all out.come 2018 mhosva hairovi tichakbatai mese one by one

  • Ngaaende ngaaende

  • Oooh thy made a mistake thy jus recruited him fo prison break thse guys thy need counseling bfo thy gt purged

  • When one of her daughter’s attained a Univeristy degree nobody said a word when her young sister was rapped by that Masowe prophet it was as if nothing happened and the rapist is still walking scotfree but nhasi this young man aita zvakaipa zvave kuita as if something is wrong with the Masendeke family asiwo kune vari kuitawo zvakanaka vari vekwaMasendeke….get me right lm not supporting the wrongdoing lets not blame the name as if it’s haunted or cursed but the truth is evryone needs Jesus to lead a better and curse free life…even Moses killed that fellow but God chose him but when he died he failed to rise but when Jesus came he rose and he was seen at that mountain pa transfiguration

    • Well said my fellow . Lets not curse the family name bt the one who do wrong

    • Agree they just need God and all will be fine

    • Yes, the law is not applied equally in this country.

    • Wel sayed mkhaya!The law take equal.but the issue is ths tht rapist who rape tht grl maybe he bribe the family or to scared them.thy must go back to the police station ad re open the case or see station commander.i hate rapist a lot bcz thn kill tht grl’s future.

    • Point taken

    • musatamba nrmabhinya ekwaMasendeke muchidaro. moda kuti aregererwe atabge aita zvakaita mukoma vake here. inga bhaibheri rinototi tinotongwa nezvivi zvevabereki vedu wani.

    • It’s normal kuita zvakanaka, hatinei nemichato yavo because it doesn’t affect our lives. Degree rake nderake plus we have so many graduates to put the on headlines

  • Surely another one shall rise. Watch this space.

  • Ndezve dzinza asi hamuone kani

  • Ndezve dzinza asi hamuone kani

  • Iz ther any1 ane pic yamasendeke th orignal 1…???

  • Family curse

  • Bad apples kuChitigu ndokwake ikoko ngagare stereki
    26 makarenda mashoma

  • @_tapsm

  • A donkey’s offspring is a donkey . so it runs in the family.

  • Yaa kwatsika gumbo remberi reshure rinotsikawo

  • mishonga yavo yabhuruvara

  • mishonga yavo yabhuruvara

  • mishonga yavo yabhuruvara

  • Ndechedzinza

  • Hakuna mabasa so crime is the only job left , I don’t blame him but the government.in the hands of our government we are all criminals

    • Iwe unoregerei kuno Robber kana kusina mabasa tisasapote zvakaipa mhen

    • Akuudza kuti haasi kurobber ndiyani.

  • Ndiwo magamba anodiwa neZanu pf akaita Sana Musendeke

  • concerned

    The family needs a big sponsor to educate all the siblings of Edgar Masendeke so as to eradicate the poverty and these evil doings

  • Ummm kugara nhaka yezvivi here nhy

  • Bhaibheri rinoronze kuti kuuraya munhu indaa.zviripo pamitemo ine gumi yakapuwe mozesi mugomo re sinai.zveshe newekuti usaba.saka mubvunzo wangu unoti kuuraya kana kuba zveshe zvakarambwa ndimwari saka vanohenga vanhu avo vanoti vanoite zvitsvene ere questiom mark nga?

    • zvinoda imwe topic izvozvo, kwete pano. its like asking kuti Mwari zvaakabatsira David mukuuraya Goliath zvakaiyirweyi iwo mutemo wakapiwa Moses uchiti usauraya

    • Apo mukoma mwakona ngekuti “God assisted dhavhidi”.rekai ndimupingure ndeidai soo.its only law makers who put,changes the laws according to the situations eg a gvmnt is the one to make laws.ine mvumo kuisa mutemo nekuubvisa pasina anozviramba.ndosakei veizoite ma ammendment bills…kuvandudzwa kwebumbiro remitemo.now back to the issue…God is the one who gave Moses 10 commandments and then by so doing whatever God says no one can question that. His word is final.but now who are they to decide the fate of other pipo yet they not God?what now?they are anchors who are in between of pipos lives and deaths?that was the dumb move i tell you

  • Magaya uripiko nyika ichiita zvakadai Uchange muprofita wenhemawo

  • Anobereka benzi haana mufaro, baba vebenzi vachazonzwa shungu.

  • Good job

  • chimuvhondo kushungo

    this is spiritual the family needs deliverance.

  • Watchout for jail breacking its in the blood kkkk

  • I went to school with this mampara he was my classmate @Mbizo High in Kwekwe

  • Kuberekera jere

  • In Zim kanganwai nezve Law,dai law yaishanda all corrupt government officials who are causing havoc dai vakatongwa instead vanototonga Mutema wacho,

  • Amama vakamboti torera gold redu vafana ava Ku kwekwe vakatitema nematemo ndine vanga rake

  • Panotsika remberi ndopanotsika reshure

  • shame!!!

  • Inga zvake azorora. Ufambe zvakanaka

  • John 10:10 The devil came to steal and destroy……Thank u Lord fo exposing Saturn

  • Zvakaoma khule motozvigamuchira ndozvavepo

  • Ungakidnepwe natsaga akadaro

  • It seems there is a curse on this family. Pastors or us Christians need to reach out to this family and tell them about Jesus who was cursed in their place.

  • He will meet Jesus in prison and when comes out he will be far much better than some of us here, who are sitting and judging him.

  • I am waiting for another Prison Break 2, let’s wait and see

  • Theft is the only option left in their family…. ndezvedzinza

  • Charlene Buhlebenkosi Ngwenya

  • Zvakaoma

  • ura mapopo unozvara mbavha kana muroyi

  • Don’t just say robbery as if it was one count, how many counts of robbery and kidnapping

  • Mai vavo havana mufaro zvachose.

  • Guys don’t blame these guys blame the parents they know what they did to their kids ( hurombwa uhwu period)

  • Zvakaoma shuwa

  • Daidzai vakuru vauye

  • Ndezvedzinza izvi

  • Ndokuberekazve hura mapoko

  • The sentence is too harsh for the crime. This needs an appeal.But kuita murombo kwakaipa kwakuto mirira parole wotoita hunhu mfanami.

  • Zvinorwadza ndezvekuti izvi zvirikuitwa newakawanda but Vanhu vanzwa mhuri Yamasendeke chete Here

  • Pakaipa 26 yrs