A ZBC engineer had his BMW stolen as he romped with a lady of the night or hure. The car was stolen in the dead of the night by a top cop who was Mufudzi Shumba’s friend. 48 year old Superintendent Richard Masuku, based at Harare Provincial Headquarters Camps and Hostels Section, was arrested seven days later in Bulawayo following a tip-off.He has since appeared in court facing charges under the Road Traffic Act Chapter 13:11, “Using motor vehicle without owner’s consent”. Harare magistrate Mrs Wongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro remanded Masuku in custody to September 19 and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

Masuku and Shumba, who is employed by Transmedia at ZBC Pockets Hill, had been drinking beer at Celebrity Bar in Msasa before they decided to pick up two prostitutes from Epworth where they later went to spend the night.Taking advantage of Shumba who was in another room with his “catch”, Masuku drove off in the MBW at around 3am. The two had picked up Paidamoyo Chihwehwete and Beauty Mayor, both of Munyuki in Epworth.

When they got to Munyuki Business Centre, Masuku locked the vehicle and got into Mayor’s room with the car keys while Shumba got into Chihwehwete’s room and slept. During the night Masuku is alleged to have hatched a plan to steal Shumba’s vehicle and drove off leaving him sleeping.

Shumba woke up at around 7am and discovered that the vehicle was missing and he inquired from Chihwehwete who told him that Masuku had left with the car at around 3am and had promised to come and pick him up at around 5am. Shumba tried to contact Masuku on his mobile phone but it was switched off.

He made checks at his workplace and his residence but could not locate him and reported the matter to the police.