By Kenneth Matimaire
MUTARE – Female residents residing in Dangamvura high density suburb are living in constant fear following the resurfacing of a serial rapist in the sprawling neighbourhood, Radio VOP reports.
The serial rapist undertaking his hideous duties armed with a knife, under the disguise of a mask is targeting vulnerable women who are either widowed or single and staying alone.
The rapist first emerged late last year with an estimated 15 cases of women falling victim though few formally reported to the police.
The incidents occurred in NRZ, P and N sections in Dangamvura before the rapist went into hiding after members of the community teamed up to establish neighbourhood watch committees.
However, Dangamvura Police Station revealed that the serial rapist has since resurfaced.
“Dangamvura residents are hereby warned that the serial rapist has resurfaced. The rapist is targeting women who are staying alone, mainly widows, divorcees, and single women. The rapist will be armed with a knife and using a mask to hide its face from its victims.
“You are therefore advised to make sure that you keep your windows and doors locked at night. You are also advised to avoid walking at night or if need be, walk in groups. Also make sure that you refrain from staying alone as this will make you a target,” read a statement issued by Dangamvura Police Station dated November 28.
Manicaland police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luxon Chananda confirmed the development. Ass Insp Chananda said police was on high alert in Dangamvura.
“Residents are assured that (Dangamvura) police will be on high patrol during the night. We also urge members of the public to work closely with the police in the event they have any details that may assist us to locate or identify the rapist,” he said.
However, the development has already caused panic amongst women in the area. Tracy Nyamayaro – a single mother residing in Dangamvura’s N Section said she has no choice but to invite her brothers to live with her.
“I cannot take any chances. It’s better for me to call my two brothers to come and stay with me. I live with my two year old daughter and I do not feel safe,” said a visibly shaken Nyamayaro.
An elderly lady identified as Mbuya Muyambo of P Section said she has already invited her grandchildren who will be staying with her for the holiday.
Several women who spoke to Radio VOP appealed to law enforcement agents and neighbourhood watch committees to protect them against such imminent dangers.
Itai Mukwekwerere – a member of the neighbourhood watch committee said they are gearing up to beef up their night watch committees following the resurfacing of the serial rapist.
“We have agreed as neighbourhood watch committees to rope in more volunteers from our communities in order to guard our mothers, sisters and daughters against this rapist,” said Mukwekwerere. Radio VOP