Se­nior cops in ‘vi­o­la­tion of Po­lice Act’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

THREE se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers who were al­legedly op­er­at­ing a gold mine in vi­o­la­tion of the Po­lice Act have said they were granted a gold mine trib­ute but were in the process of look­ing for pos­si­ble part­ners and there­fore could not be said to have been op­er­at­ing the mine.

Su­per­in­ten­dents Temba Mpofu, Tam­budzai Muchineuta and Bat­sirai Mungwa ap­peared be­fore a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing presided by Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of run­ning a mine with­out the per­mis­sion of the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice as re­quired at law.

The three are al­leged to have vi­o­lated the Po­lice Act for al­legedly “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 said she would de­liver judg­ment in the mat­ter on Au­gust 22.

She 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.

Their trial com­menced on Thurs­day af­ter Mrs Msipa dis­missed their ap­pli­ca­tion for dis­charge at the end of State case two weeks ago.

Supt Mpofu said they had ap­plied for a min­ing trib­ute from Con­sol­i­dated Gold Mines in Kwekwe which was granted.

“Af­ter the trib­ute was granted we started look­ing for po­ten­tial busi­ness part­ners. So we were still at the pre­lim­i­nary stages and had not started min­ing. We were go­ing to ap­proach the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral for ap­proval to en­ter into gold min­ing once we had iden­ti­fied an in­vestor or part­ner,” he said.

Both Sups Muchineuta and Mungwa con­curred with Supt Mpofu.

They said they were go­ing to seek au­thor­ity from their boss be­fore they started any min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

In their de­fence out­line, the po­lice of­fi­cers de­nied op­er­at­ing a busi­ness ven­ture 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, Sups Mpofu, Muchineuta and Mungwa un­law­fully en­gaged in gold min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with­out the ap­proval of the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice Au­gus­tine Chi­huri — @pchi­tumba1.

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