Highway robbers on the prowl along Victoria Falls-Bulawayo highway

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MOTORISTS using the Victoria Falls-Bulawayo highway have been urged to be vigilant amid reports of suspected highway robbers who are allegedly smashing windscreens of moving cars.

This is reportedly happening between Insuza shops and the 120km peg towards Mbembesi River.

A number of motorists have reportedly fallen prey in the past week where their vehicles were smashed by stones coming from unknown sources.

The Chronicle got to know about the matter after a Victoria Falls resident posted on a WhatsApp group narrating his ordeal.

Motorists suspect a group of illegal fuel dealers who used to operate between Insuza and Mbembesi River are behind the attacks.

“I was going to Bulawayo and approaching Insuza when suddenly there was a loud band on the side of the car. I almost panicked but something told me that I shouldn’t stop. I kept driving until I got to where I felt I could stop and upon checking I found that it could have been a stone that hit the side door,” said Mr Chris Moyo from Bulawayo.

A lady who was driving to Bulawayo with her husband and preferred to remain anonymous said she was scared of driving back along the same road.

“We were attacked as well but initially we didn’t suspect anything. It was around midday and I was the one driving when I heard a loud bang that sounded like a gunshot on the windscreen on the passenger side. I slowed down and eventually stopped to make a U-turn so that we could check. We got to the place where we were hit but we could not find anything or see anyone around.

Another Victoria Falls resident said his workmate’s car was smashed a few days ago while driving from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese said police will investigate the issue although no formal report had been made.

“We haven’t received a formal report but we are looking into it. We want to urge motorists not to speed but exercise extreme caution when driving along the roads. People should be vigilant and avoid any unnecessary distraction and we encourage motorists not to stop whenever such things happen or stop for strangers.

If your car is hit you rather continue driving and only stop when you get to where there are people and it’s safe to do so,” she said. chronicle

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