Police have arrested a 77-year-old man in Chegutu for setting alight property at Chegutu District Lands Offices on Monday this week.
Josiah Garamukamwa (77) was arrested on Monday after he had visited the Chegutu District Lands Offices pertaining his application for a piece of land.
“On 22/11/21, Police in Chegutu arrested Josiah Garamukanwa (77) for a case of malicious damage to property which occurred at Chegutu District Lands Offices.
The suspect visited the offices inquiring on the position of his application in which he applied for a piece of land.” Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed on their Twitter page.
On his way out of the building Josiah brought out a plastic container with petrol which was in a plastic bag. He then poured it around the passage before setting the building on fire.
He tried to escape but he was caught and arrested by the police who were on surveillance.
The fire brigade was called and no documents were damaged.
“The suspect tried to escape, but the Police officers who were on surveillance acted swiftly and arrested him. The fire brigade extinguished the fire before any documents were destroyed,” said the police.