Cor­rupt coun­cil cops jailed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi Mid­lands Re­porter

TWO Kwekwe mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fi­cers have been jailed for an ef­fec­tive one year for de­mand­ing and ac­cept­ing a $10 bribe from a motorist whom they had ap­pre­hended for pick­ing up pas­sen­gers at an un­des­ig­nated point.

Tapiwa Chivasa and Tau­rai Zarura, whose ages were not given in court, ap­peared be­fore Kwekwe Mag­is­trate Mr Ngoni Nduna fac­ing crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice charges.

The duo, both res­i­dent in Mbizo, Kwekwe were sen­tenced to 18 months in jail.

Each had six months sus­pended from the sen­tence for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

Chivasa and Zarura pleaded not guilty but Mr Nduna convicted them due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence against them.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Mitchell Daraja said some­time last month, the two who were on duty threat­ened to im­pound Joseph Chada’s ve­hi­cle when he was al­legedly pick­ing up pas­sen­gers at an un­des­ig­nated place. Chada was pi­rat­ing be­tween Kwekwe and Gweru. Chivasa and Zarura de­manded a bribe and a trap was set and they fell for it.

Chada of­fered them $10 whose se­rial num­bers had been recorded be­fore­hand.

“The two were im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hended by the mem­bers of the anti-cor­rup­tion team in Kwekwe. The money had se­rial num­bers to au­then­ti­cate,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.— @patiemt­siwi.

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