Mpumelelo Nyoni Chronicle Reporter
ROBBERS broke into DHL offices and stole $ 1,800 before pouncing and leaving empty handed at Micro-Finance money lender, Nissi Finance, owned by Bulawayo businessman, Sonny Phiri, on Sunday night. At DHL, which leases some offices at Phiri’s Peppermint Place building which also houses Nissi Finance at the corner of George Silundika Street and 11th avenue, the robbers also stole an Acer laptop.
An official at DHL said the robbers broke the burglar bar and then the door using a crow-bar after jumping over the gate.
“We reported for work at 7:50AM and noticed that the burglar bar and the door had been smashed open. We suspect they jumped over the gate from next door and used a crow-bar to break the locks. They stole $1,800 from the safe deposit-box and an Acer laptop worth $400,” said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity for professional reasons.
When Chronicle visited the offices at around 10AM, Phiri refused to comment, saying Chronicle was “evil”, before shutting himself in his office.
“I don’t want to talk to Chronicle, there’s a lot of evil at that place,” said Phiri.
Police sources close to investigations told Chronicle that no arrests had been made so far in connection with the robbery.
Phiri, who is married to former Miss Zimbabwe, Lorraine Maphala, was four months ago raided by three robbers, including a burly woman, who got away with $70,000 after they assaulted a security guard and broke into two safety deposit boxes.
Earlier this year, Phiri and Maphala’s marriage was on the rocks after his three-year affair with his college student neighbour, Rumbidzai Sibanda, 18.
He was charged with having sex with a minor after Sibanda told our sister paper, Sunday News, that she was 15 years old when she began dating Phiri, who married Maphala – the 2005 winner of Miss Zimbabwe – only last November. The charge was later dismissed.