Panic as soldier tries to
bomb shopping mall in
A soldier has been arrested after he went
berserk and attempted to blow up a shopping
complex in Queenspark West suburb, Bulawayo
using dangerous explosives following an
altercation with shop attendants.
The shopping complex in Queenspark West
Admire Mangeya sent shoppers, imbibers,
vendors and workers at the shopping complex
running for their lives at about 4PM on Tuesday
after he set the explosives in protest over a
spilt glass of beer.
He was immediately apprehended by the police
who recovered the explosives.
Witnesses, who could not identify the type of
explosives, said an army bomb squad told them
that if they had detonated, they would have
razed the entire complex.
When The Chronicle visited Mangeya’s rented
home in Queenspark West yesterday morning,
police officers and officials from the Zimbabwe
National Army One Infantry Brigade were
searching his house for explosives.
The exercise took more than an hour during
which a handcuffed Mangeya and his wife, only
identified as Mai Craig, were assisting
detectives with the search.
Shop attendants at Regal Supermarket at the
shopping complex told The Chronicle that
Mangeya lost his marbles after one of them
spilled his glass of beer while he was playing pool
“We usually have a problem with people who come
to our shop to play pool. They cheat by using old
coins as tokens. Mangeya and his friends were
playing the game and my aunt, Ms Rumbidzai
Mukerekete, approached them and told them to
notify her before they punch tokens into the
“She accidentally spilled Mangeya’s drink and he
became angry and violent, threatening to beat
us up. He shouted obscenities at the top of his
voice. He eventually calmed down after some
shoppers spoke to him and we reimbursed him $1
for his drink and promised to buy his water
glass,” said Miss Mary Shumba, one of the
workers at Regal Supermarket.
She said Mangeya went away but later came
back with some explosives that he connected to
electric cables while he was sitting at the
entrance to the shop.
“Initially we thought it was a joke but we
realised that he was serious after he left the
explosives at the door and stood at a distance.
“People started screaming for help and fled from
the shops. After the explosives failed to
detonate at the expected time, he ran back to
“Fortunately there were police officers nearby
who quickly apprehended him and took away the
explosives,” said a terrified Ms Shumba.
She added that Mangeya was arrested and taken
to Queenspark Police Station.
A visibly traumatised Ms Mukerekete was sobbing
yesterday and struggled to narrate “the
terrifying incident” to this newspaper.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious
Simango yesterday declined to comment,
referring questions to the ZNA.
ZNA public relations officer Lieutenant Colonel
Alphios Makotore yesterday said he could not
comment as he had had not received information
about the incident.
“I can’t help you because I’m in a meeting,”
said Lt Col Makotore.