Dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for gold mine cops

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

FOUR se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers have ap­peared be­fore a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for al­legedly op­er­at­ing a gold mine in vi­o­la­tion of the Po­lice Act.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Fiona Hlo­mani and Su­per­in­ten­dents Temba Mpofu, Tam­budzai Muchineuta and Bat­sirai Mungwa yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Pro­vin­cial Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa charged with con­tra­ven­ing the Po­lice Act for “with­out the ap­proval of the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice, car­ry­ing on any busi­ness trade, oc­cu­pa­tion or busi­ness ei­ther di­rectly or through the agency of any other per­son.”

Mrs Msipa was brought in to pre­side over the mat­ter after the po­lice of­fi­cers asked to be tried by a mag­is­trate from the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion through their lawyer Mr Ton­derai Chitere of Chitere and Chi­dawanyika and Part­ners.

Charges against Chief Supt Hlo­mani were with­drawn be­fore plea while Sups Mpofu, Muchineuta and Mungwa pleaded not guilty.

The mat­ter was re­manded to to­day when Mrs Msipa is ex­pected to make a de­ter­mi­na­tion on whether or not the ac­cused per­sons have a case to an­swer.

In their de­fence out­line, the ac­cused per­sons de­nied op­er­at­ing or con­duct­ing a busi­ness with­out author­ity.

“Ac­cused per­son two, three and four did not con­duct any busi­ness be­cause even though they en­tered into a con­tract for min­ing they had no ca­pac­ity. Be­cause they had no equip­ment and money re­quired they could not seek author­ity for a busi­ness ven­ture they were un­able to em­bark on,” reads part of their de­fence out­line.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kelvin Gu­veya said be­tween De­cem­ber last year and Fe­bru­ary 19 and at Bell 3, Kwekwe, Con­sol­i­dated Gold Mines, Chief Supt Hlo­mani, Sups Mpofu, Muchineuta and Mungwa one or more of them un­law­fully en­gaged in gold min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with­out the ap­proval of the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice Au­gus­tine Chi­huri.

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