Update: US 2.7 Million Heist Mastermind’s Son Out On Bail.

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Update: US 2.7 Million Heist Mastermind’s Son Out On Bail.

In an update from the courts, the son of the suspected mastermind of the US$2,7 million ZB Bank cash heist has been freed on $10 000 bail by a Harare magistrate.

Job Njowa (23), son to suspected robbery mastermind Shadreck Njowa, was granted bail by magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi and remanded to March 4.

Unfortunately, his cousin Tichaona Njowa, who dug up the money and led to the arrest Job after he raised suspicion over the way he was spending the money at a nearby business centre. The villagers tipped the police thus leading to the arrest of the two.

Job allegedly buried US$100 000 at the family’s rural homestead in Mudakuenda village in Mhondoro at around 9 pm on January 18, but he was reportedly seen by Tichaona who returned at 4 am the next day, dug it up and went on a spending spree at Turf in Ngezi.

According to The Herald, the reckless spending attracted the attention of the police who then arrested him and led to the arrest of his cousin. During the spending spree, Tichaona was allegedly bought two cars in a row.

Job, a Midlands State University (MSU) student, appeared in court on Monday on obstruction of the course of justice charges while Tichaona appeared the same day separately on theft charges.

Job reportedly disappeared from his Highfield residence in Harare with his father soon after the robbery.

He was represented by lawyer Mr Steady Kachere and denied involvement in the robbery, saying he was only a college student at MSU and was not in the village on the day the money was allegedly found at their rural home.

On January 6, his father and other members of the ZB Bank cash-in-transit crew were tasked to deliver money to some of the bank’s branches countrywide but claimed to have lost US$2,7 million and $43 000 to armed robbers.

However, investigators believe the robbery was stage-managed along the Harare-Chinhoyi road after Nyabira Business Centre. On January 18, Job and his father left Harare for their rural home in Mhondoro and upon arrival, Shadreck allegedly ordered his son to hide US$100 000.

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