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Former Police Commissioner Hands Over Wife Who’d Stolen Newly-Born Baby

In a bold and courageous move, former Commissioner Mekia Tanyanyiwa did the noble thing when he decided to hand over his wife to police after she reportedly stole a newborn baby.

Sakhile Tanyanyiwa aged 34 appeared before the Gweru Magistrates Court today facing charges of kidnapping an infant aged two months. She was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on Wednesday, of which 6 months was suspended for 5 years. She will serve 12 months imprisonment.

On the 8th of March 2024, the infant’s mother went to Gweru Provincial Hospital to collect her baby’s birth record. On her way back she was offered a lift into town by the accused person who was in the company of another man and woman. The 3 were in a white Toyota Aqua registration number AFW 6208.

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One of the occupants in the vehicle advised her that they would be making a stopover in South View on the way to town. When they got to 6247 South View, the accused person asked the infant’s mother to assist the woman with a “newlyborn” to disembark from the vehicle. As she got out of the vehicle the car sped off headed towards the Gweru – Bulawayo highway with the 3 people and her baby.

She reported the matter to the Police The accused took the child home and misrepresented to her husband that she had given birth. Her husband did not believe that the child was a newborn infant and doubted her story all the more when he heard that a baby had been snatched in Gweru. The former top cop took his wife (the accused) and the baby to CID Gweru. Accused 1 was positively identified by the infant’s mother at a formal identification parade

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