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25 kids kidnapped….David Livingstone kidnapping de...

25 kids kidnapped….David Livingstone kidnapping details emerge

  • 25 learners rescued
  • 60 year old driver been ferrying kids for 7 years
  • Tip off to police
  • Kids in distress
  • No mention of mental health challenges


Oscar Jeke


Police have confirmed that a tip off by a member of the public led to the arrest of the driver who stands accused of kidnapping  Harare ECD learners and driving them about 100km away.


Police said Samuel Honde, 60 was arrested at the 103 kilometre peg along Harare-Mutare Road, Macheke for kidnapping 25 learners at David Livingstone Primary School and not 22 as we reported earlier.

“The arrest follows a tip-off received by ZRP Macheke from a passer-by that there was a Nissan Caravan kombi registration number, AFN 0198,with children on board parked by the road side. The informant suspected

foul play as some of the children were crying,” the police statement reads.

Honde had been contracted to do school runs since 2016, the police said.

Police also indicated that they are still to establish the motive behind the kidnapping.

The police statement does not refer to any apparent mental health issues on the part of the driver as has been reported on social media through an audio being circulated.


The atmosphere at David Livingstone today was tense with three security guards manning the gate and strictly vetting visitors.



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