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A TSHOLOTSHO Chief has lost his Isuzu KB250 truck to daring thieves. The car is one of the 226 trucks given to traditional Chiefs by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in January 2018 ahead of elections.
Chief Gampu (54) — born Ashel Sithole — lost his motor vehicle on Wednesday night in Bulawayo’s Nketa 6 suburb.
Circumstances are that the traditional leader and his 25-year-old son, Onasisi, drove his Isuzu KB250 vehicle to a fuel station in Nketa 6 for refuelling.
“The Chief…went home using public transport, leaving his son in the queue to refuel the car,” a police statement read in part.
After refuelling, Onasisi drove to a nearby food outlet, but left the engine running and found the car gone on his return.
“Inside the motor vehicle were the complainant’s three 20-litre petrol coupons and the chief’s date stamp. The total value of property stolen is $50 000 and nothing was recovered.”
The theft was reported to Tshabalala Police Station.
Contacted for comment yesterday, Chief Gampu confirmed that he had lost his vehicle.
“I went to sleep only to be awakened by my wife who told me that my son had told her the car had been stolen. I called him and he confirmed that it had been stolen after he left the keys on while the car was idling when he went to buy food in a shop,” Chief Gampu said.
Former President Robert Mugabe bought 226 brand new trucks for traditional leaders in October 2017. He was removed in a coup in November that year before the cars had been delivered.
The cars started arriving in batches in January 2018 and were handed over to Chiefs by President Mnangagwa. — ZOOMZimbabwe