COR­NERED ‘BRIBE COP’ CHEWS $200 Scuf­fle at po­lice sta­tion as of­fi­cer tries to hide ev­i­dence

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A PO­LICE As­sis­tant In­spec­tor based in Gwanda al­legedly chewed $200 he had de­manded as a bribe when he was cor­nered by two po­lice of­fi­cers im­me­di­ately af­ter re­ceiv­ing the dirty money.

Medicine Siketha (38) who is sta­tioned at Gwanda Ur­ban Po­lice Sta­tion al­legedly de­manded the bribe from a lo­cal busi­ness­man Mr Ta­muka Zhou to fa­cil­i­tate the clear­ance of his ve­hi­cle which had been im­pounded by the po­lice.

The court heard that po­lice were tipped off that Siketha had de­manded a bribe and they set a trap.

There was a scuf­fle at Gwanda Ur­ban Po­lice Sta­tion’s car park when two po­lice of­fi­cers al­legedly wres­tled with Siketha who then al­legedly shoved the money into his mouth to con­ceal ev­i­dence.

The of­fi­cers choked Siketha and he spit out the two $100 notes. Siketha was sub­se­quently ar­rested. He ap­peared be­fore Gwanda Mag­is­trate No­magugu Ncube on Fri­day fac­ing a charge of crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice.

He pleaded not guilty and was re­manded on $100 bail to Septem­ber 2.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Takuda Map­fudze said on Thurs­day last week at around 11AM, Siketha al­legedly phoned Zhou and de­manded $300 to fa­cil­i­tate the clear­ance and re­lease of his Mit­subishi colt ve­hi­cle which had been im­pounded by CID Gwanda for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Af­ter al­legedly re­ceiv­ing the call, Mr Zhou phoned a po­lice in­spec­tor in­form­ing him about Siketha’s de­mands.

“Insp Chidzambwa ap­plied for a trap and his ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved. A trap team was in­sti­tuted with trap money con­sist­ing of two $100 notes. Siketha was be­ing mon­i­tored by po­lice in­tel­li­gence mem­bers con­sta­ble Ndaramira and con­sta­ble Mazheke who were part of the trap team,” said Mr Map­fudze.

Zhou al­legedly ar­ranged with Siketha to meet his em­ployee Mr Nqo­bile Mpofu at ZRP Gwanda car park. He claimed that he had man­aged to raise $200 leav­ing a bal­ance of $100.

“While in­side Siketha’s ve­hi­cle Mpofu handed over the money. The two con­sta­bles who were mon­i­tor­ing them im­me­di­ately pounced on the two and found Siketha in pos­ses­sion of the $200.

“Siketha who was hold­ing the two notes in his hand,then crum­pled the money and shoved it into his mouth and chewed it. Ndaramira and Mazheke held Siketha by the throat and he spat the two notes,” said Mr Map­fudze

The money was re­cov­ered and the se­rial num­bers matched with the trap money lead­ing to his ar­rest.

Mr Map­fudze said the pho­to­graphs of the money and the chewed trap money would be pro­duced in court as ex­hibits.— @obeyd­lamini.

The two $100 bills chewed by Medicine Siketha

Medicine Siketha

Women Af­fairs, Gen­der and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Nyasha Chik­winya

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