- Published on 03 April 2013
Still remember the notorous Chidhumo and Masendeke murderous thugs who got hanged in 2002? Shockingly, another Masendeke 'crew' is reportedly on the run, police has revealed.
Three brothers of the late notorious murderer Edmore Edmund Edgar Masendeke are said to be on police wanted list after allegedly killing a man at a drinking spot in Mbizo, Kwekwe, on Good Friday.
Police confirmed the incident yesterday and said a hunt was on for the suspected murders.
Criminal Investigation Department provincial spokesperson detective inspector Ntombizodwa Chiduwuro said police investigations were still in progress.
Three Masendeke brothers had an argument with the now deceased before he was found dead," said Det Insp Chiduwuro.
MEanwhile, unconfirmed reports say one of the brothers, Elson Masendeke, was arrested yesterday in Kadoma, though officials could neither confirm nor deny the claims.
Stephen Chidhumo and Edgar Masendeke became popular after escaping Chikurubi maximum prison in 1995 in an unprecedented jailbreak attempt bringing even greater spotlight to a notorious career of crimes including murder and armed robbery - some of the worst in the country's criminal history. Chidhumo was captured two weeks later in Mozambique and given the death sentence.
According to Zimbabwe statistics, the only successful break-out from Chikurubi was the November 1995 escape by infamous armed robbers and killers Edmund Masendeke, Elias Chauke and Stephen Chidhumo along with a fourth man.
All three men were later re-arrested after resuming their crime spree and sentenced to death. They were hanged in 2003.