It was one hell of an experience for a motorist recently when robbers he had picked up at Mpandawana thinking they were genuine travellers tied him onto a tree using a rope before getting away with his car.
Enerst Chambare (46) was driving a Toyota Granvia owned by Godwin Hwenga when he picked up four passengers at Gutu Garage at around 19:30hrs on March 31, but little did he know they were car thieves.
They had lied that they wanted to be dropped off at Maungwa business centre.
Along the way, the man seated in the front passenger seat asked the driver to stop at Muzorori, 12km from Gutu Garage along the Gutu-Masvingo Road so that they could pick up a female friend.
He got out of the car and pretended to be looking for the friend, only for the other three muggers to strangle the driver.
One of the robbers drove for about 20km from Muzorori while the other three took the driver’s phone, cash and forced him to reveal his EcoCash pin.
They later tied him onto a tree and made a U-turn back to Gutu, leaving the screaming Chambare stranded. The victim was only rescued by a villager identified as Peter Mugova.
Mugova called Hwenga who later arrived at the scene with detectives from Gutu police station.
Masvingo Provincial Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Charity Mazula warned motorists against picking strangers especially during the night.