Shingi Mukandi killer identified: Vehicle and critical evidence recovered

The man who killed Shingi Mukandi in a hit and run has been identified Lloyd Fanuel Takudzwa Machipisa who resides at Zambezi Flats in Mabelreign. The vehicle involved in the accident and key evidence have since been recovered by detectives from Zimbabwe Republic Police
The man who killed Shingi Mukandi in a hit and run has been identified Lloyd Fanuel Takudzwa Machipisa who resides at Zambezi Flats in Mabelreign. The vehicle involved in the accident and key evidence have since been recovered by detectives from Zimbabwe Republic Police

Harare (Maynard Manyowa) – A Harare man suspected of killing socialite and biker Shingi Mukandi (33) in a hit and run this past weekend has been named, while the vehicle involved in the fatal crash has been recovered, including key pieces of evidence, sources with the Zimbabwe Republic Police have confirmed to Khuluma Afrika.

Earlier this afternoon, several members of the police, from different units, stormed the Malbereign home of the man, before placing the residence on lock down.

“As we speak, we have units from Vehicle Theft Sqaud, CID Homicide, and members of ZRP Crime Intelligence Unit at Zambezi Flats, where we were looking for the suspect behind the hit and run”, said a police source, who refused to be named.

Another resident, of Zambezi Flats, independently confirmed the heavy police presence at the compound.

“There are maybe 20 or 30 armed police officers, some in dark suits and dark shades. They have just stormed the door but they found the house empty”, the resident narrated.

According to the police source, they managed to recover the vehicle, a white Isuzu, which one witness had described as fleeing the scene after the crash.

White Isuzu that killed Shingi Mukandi over the weekend recovered at Zambezi Flats in Malbereign
White Isuzu that killed Shingi Mukandi over the weekend recovered at Zambezi Flats in Malbereign

The suspect has been named as Lloyd Fanuel Takudzwa Machipisa, a resident of Zambezi Flats who just recently got married.

The suspect, who could not be located at his house, Lloyd Fanuel Takudzwa Machipisa, is now considered a fugitive
The suspect, who could not be located at his house, Lloyd Fanuel Takudzwa Machipisa, with wife Thandie, is now considered a fugitive

According to the police source, they believe that Machipisa (age unknown) hit Shingi Mukandi on his motorbike, then fled the scene. A witness, a popular socialite as well, who cannot be name at this point, is said to have witnessed the accident from behind, but could not capture the details of the car.

Whilst police were not able to locate him at his house, they were confident of nabbing him before end of day, after receiving credible intelligence about his whereabouts.

The dents on the picture supplied by Police, are said to match the wreck patterns on the deceased motorbike, and there are traces of paint on the white truck matching the paint, while the bike has white paint matching the cab.

A piece of the truck, which is said to have fallen off, was found at the accident scene.

Part of the bumper which fell off the Isuzu that killed Mukandi
Part of the bumper which fell off the Isuzu that killed Mukandi

Burial arrangements for Mukandi are said to have been delayed, as Zimbabwean law requires victims of hit and run accidents to undergo mandatory post mortems. It is believed the few places that offer such places are either booked entirely, or pathologists on leave.

Update: Image of police officer guarding the residence and the car which killed Mukandi.

An armed police officer guards the entrance to the suspects flat, as well as the car which was involved in the accident
An armed police officer guards the entrance to the suspects flat, as well as the car which was involved in the accident

Update: According to residents interviewed a short while ago, Mukandi’s killer is employed at CBZ Bank, and is thought to be at work. Detectives have been dispatched to his workplace. Meanwhile heavy police presence remains.

More to follow….