Cop gives uni­form to thiev­ing girl­friend

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

A COP who was two tim­ing his wife al­legedly sup­plied his small house with a Zimbabwe Repub­lic Po­lice uni­form to make his wife be­lieve the woman was his work­mate.

Ed­son Dzi­na­vanhu was ex­posed af­ter his girl­friend was ar­rested for theft and in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered she was a fake cop.

A court in Bu­l­awayo heard yes­ter­day that the small house, Siphethile Sibanda, lied to her fu­ture in-laws that she was a po­lice of­fi­cer.

They be­lieved her as she al­ways wore the uni­form to meet her lover, for close to one year.

Sibanda’s in-laws and Dzi­na­vanhu’s fam­ily are said to be close but they were not aware of the af­fair.

Dzi­na­vanhu pleaded not guilty to a charge of crim­i­nal abuse of duty as a po­lice of­fi­cer when he ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age magistrate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu.

He was re­manded out of cus­tody to Au­gust 3.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Sibekithemba Dube said Dzi­na­vanhu pro­posed love to Sibanda in Novem­ber last year, promised her a po­lice uni­form and gave it to her two weeks later at his house.

“Ac­cused took Sibanda to his house where she saw his uni­form on top of a sewing ma­chine. She tried it on and ac­cused per­son promised to make her one of her own. He said it would be ready in two weeks,” said Miss Dube.

She added: “Two weeks later ac­cused per­son called Sibanda to his house where he handed her the uni­form. The uni­forms com­prised a pair of blue riot pants, grey shirt, spe­cial tac­tics unit cap, web­bing belt de­tach­able shoul­der ti­tles and ZRP badges for the rank of Con­sta­ble.”

Miss Dube said Sibanda was ar­rested for a case of theft in Pu­mula sub­urb on July 17 this year.

She said Sibanda’s brother-in-law, un­der the im­pres­sion that she was a po­lice of­fi­cer at Mbe­m­besi, told the de­tec­tives that they had ar­rested one of their work­mates.

Dzi­na­vanhu de­nied sup­ply­ing Sibanda with the uni­form.

He said when he first went to Sibanda’s house last year in Fe­bru­ary, he found her al­ready hav­ing the uni­form.

Dzi­na­vanhu said his girl­friend mis­led the court when she said they started dat­ing in Novem­ber.

“She said she was an of­fi­cer at Mbe­m­besi. I only learnt that she was a bo­gus cop af­ter I was called by CID of­fi­cers at Nku­lumane po­lice sta­tion,” he said.

In her tes­ti­mony in court, Sibanda said she told Dzi­na­vanhu that she had al­ways wished to be a po­lice of­fi­cer.

She said when he gave her the uni­form, he said it would pro­tect her from his wife.

“He said if I wear the uni­form she won’t hit me be­cause it’s il­le­gal to hit an of­fi­cer in uni­form. I was re­luc­tant to wear the uni­form but he said there was noth­ing to be afraid of.” Sibanda said.

She added: “He coached me on how to give out my force num­ber in case I met se­nior of­fi­cials. He said when I give out my force num­ber I should call it out in sin­gle dig­its and that I should al­ways re­mem­ber that the dig­its start with a dou­ble nine.”

Sibanda kept the gallery spell­bound through­out her tes­ti­mony.

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