By Hazel Marimbiza

POLICE in Bulawayo have launched a manhunt on suspected robbers who allegedly kidnapped two children in Upper Rangemore and later dumped them in a bush after failing to get cash in their home.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Abednico Ncube told the Daily News yesterday that they were on the lookout for the robbers.

“Police are investigating a case in which a seven-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy were kidnapped by two men.

“At the time there was a break in, there was no elderly person in the house since the father works in Plumtree and their mother was also working elsewhere.

“The robbers stole a Samsung phone, an open view decoder and US$300.

“As soon as we received the report, we did some investigations and the children were found at Ushewenkunzi plot, which is about 5km from where they stay.

“We found them in the care of a 33-year-old woman after they were abandoned in a bush. We urge their parents to take the children to hospital for tests,” Ncube said.

A resident at Upper Rangemore, who is also a neighbour to the children, said the robbers kidnapped the two children after failing to get money.

“We are so afraid concerning the incident that happened to our neighbours. Two men got into the house and told the kids to give them money.

“The eldest, who is 14-years-old, told them they don’t have money. One of the robbers then woke up all the children and then told the eldest that they were going with the two children and they would sexually abuse the girl since they did not find any cash.

“The 14-year-old tried to fight the robbers but all efforts were in vain and they took off with the two kids,” Melusi Nkomo said.