Wednesday, 30 April 2014


Fugitive entrepreneur Cliff Rufetu (left), transporter Ronald Shumba (in striped colourful jersey), Police Internal Security Intelligence, (PISI), and ZESA loss control officers

Gweru transporter Ronald Shumba was recently placed in custody after her estranged wife gave overwhelming evidence to the court, accusing him of hiring some Mtapa men to cut ZESA  cables before reselling them in South Africa.

Sources revealed that the ex-wife was receiving money from Shumba through the maintenance court, with the funds not enough to sustain her and the kids.’

“As a result she tipped off the police of Shumba’s nocturnal activities,” we heard.

Fellow accused entrepreneur Cliff Rufetu did not take chances and recently absconded. He, together with Shumba, had been granted bail, and as such is now a wanted person.

This afternoon Shumba and three others, dressed in khaki remand prison garbs, appeared before Provincial Magistrate-in-charge Pathekile Msipa, and were remanded to the 28 of May, where the last witness is expected to give evidence.

Former Gweru magistrate Thomas Militao of Chagwiza and Partners is representing Shumba, who emotionally protested that officers from the Police Internal Security Intelligence (PISI) forced him against his will to go for indications.

He also fumed that Nhasi muGweru carried a photo in which a cop was seen holding a pistol, while taking photographs with the other hand.