Suspected kidnapper arrested

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter

A 40-YEAR-OLD Zvimba man suspected to have kidnapped a four-week old baby at a shopping centre in Harare has been arrested.

Gift Chemhuru, who was on a wanted list in connection with theft of motor vehicle related offences, was arrested and is the husband to Mirriam Bwanali, a key suspect in the kidnapping case.


National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest.



“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Gift Chemhuru following the kidnapping of a four week old baby at Spar Supermarket, Montague Shopping Centre in Harare on the 22nd of October 2020,” said Ass-Comm Nyathi.


“The baby was rescued from the suspect’s homestead on the 2nd November 2020 in Zvimba following a tip off from members of the public who heard the baby crying incessantly without being breastfed.


“The baby has since been taken to Zvimba District Hospital.


“Meanwhile, police are looking for key suspect in this case, Mirriam Bwanali, the wife of Gift Chemhuru, in connection with the same matter.


“She escaped during the time police were called I,” said Ass-Comm Nyathi.



Mother of the kidnapped baby Shani Charamanda, 30, lost her child while she was on her way to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals when she met Bwanali who offered to accompany her to Montague shopping center.


Upon arriving at Montague Shopping Centre, she gave her child to Bwanali while she went into the supermarket.


When she returned, she found the latter had disappeared with the baby, a wallet containing a Nokia mobile phone, US$2 and ZWL45.