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EX-Police Commissioner and Wife Arrested After Baby Kidnapping Incident in Gweru

 

In a shocking turn of events, a former police commissioner and his wife have been apprehended following the kidnapping of a two-month-old baby at Gweru Provincial Hospital. Mekia Tanyanyiwa, formerly in charge of the Police Support Unit until 2018, was arrested over the weekend after investigators traced ownership of the Toyota Aqua used in the abduction to him. His wife, 34-year-old Sakhile Tanyanyiwa, surrendered herself to Gweru police shortly afterward.

The distressing incident unfolded on March 8 in Gweru’s Southview neighborhood, where Loreen Hungwe, a 31-year-old mother, reported the abduction of her baby by three women driving a white Toyota Aqua. Hungwe had visited Gweru Provincial Hospital to obtain her child’s birth record, born on December 20, 2023.

According to Hungwe’s account to the police, she encountered Sakhile at the hospital’s entrance, who then offered her a ride into the city center. Along the journey, Sakhile purportedly informed Hungwe that they would first drop off her sister in Southview before proceeding to town. However, upon arrival at Southview, Sakhile allegedly sped off with Hungwe’s baby, leaving her distraught and calling for help.

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A vigilant passerby managed to note down the vehicle’s registration number, leading authorities to Mekia Tanyanyiwa, who confirmed ownership of the vehicle. Tanyanyiwa claimed he was en route to Gweru with the kidnapped child when contacted by investigators, asserting that he had given the vehicle to his wife, who later claimed innocence, stating she had left the car with a friend in Masvingo.

Fortunately, the baby was swiftly located and reunited with its mother after a medical examination confirmed the child’s well-being.

Both Tanyanyiwa and his wife are scheduled to appear at the Gweru Magistrates Court to face charges related to the kidnapping.Ex-Commissioner Tanyanyiwa, after his tenure with the police, served as a security chief for the Citizens Coalition for Change.

This distressing incident underscores the importance of swift and efficient law enforcement response in cases of abduction, ensuring the safety and security of all citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them.

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