$12 000 bribe sees cop ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer sta­tioned in Vic­to­ria Falls has been ar­rested af­ter he al­legedly de­manded a $12 000 bribe from a sus­pected gold dealer who he had caught at­tempt­ing to smug­gle two kilo­grammes of pro­cessed gold.

It could not be read­ily es­tab­lished where the gold worth $110 000 was des­tined, as the il­le­gal dealer Fun­gai Chipunza’s where­abouts are not known.

Sergeant Masare Sungano, whose age wasn’t given, is at­tached to the Min­er­als and Bor­der Con­trol Unit.

It is al­leged Sgt Sungano was de­ployed at the Vic­to­ria Falls Bor­der Post on Septem­ber 13 when he in­ter­cepted Chipunza who was in pos­ses­sion of gold and in­stead of ar­rest­ing him, he al­legedly de­manded $12 000 so he could fa­cil­i­tate his free pas­sage.

Vic­to­ria Falls mag­is­trate Ms Ran­gari­rai Gakanje did not ask Sgt Sungano to plead to crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice as a pub­lic of­fi­cer on Tues­day.

She re­manded him out of cus­tody on $200 bail to next week Thurs­day.

As part of his bail con­di­tions, Ms Gakanje or­dered Sgt Sungano to re­side at Vic­to­ria Falls Po­lice Camp, sur­ren­der travel doc­u­ments to the Clerk of Court, not to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses and re­port to the po­lice once a week ev­ery Fri­day un­til the mat­ter is fi­nalised.

State coun­sel, Mr Lis­ten Nare was op­posed to bail af­ter the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Welling­ton Chi­nadada said he was yet to record state­ments from wit­nesses, some of them lo­cal while oth­ers are be­lieved to be in South Africa.

It is al­leged that po­lice re­ceived a tip-off from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“On Septem­ber 13, the ac­cused was de­ployed at Vic­to­ria Falls Bor­der Post where he was sup­posed to work be­tween 6AM and 10PM to mon­i­tor crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties,” said the prose­cu­tor.

It is al­leged that be­tween the bor­der and Ilala Lodge, Sgt Sungano met Chipunza who was in pos­ses­sion of gold.

In­stead of ar­rest­ing him, the ac­cused al­legedly so­licited for $12 000.

Sgt Sungano al­legedly threat­ened to ar­rest Chipunza if he failed to pay.

The cop was ar­rested af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of the pro­cessed min­eral.

The gold, worth about $110 000, was taken to Bulawayo for test­ing to con­firm its pu­rity and ac­tual value.— @ncubeleon.

A com­bine har­vester works on a 150 hectare wheat field at ARDA’s Jot­sholo Es­tate re­cently. The Es­tate which was vis­ited by the Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa when wheat was still in in­fancy is un­der the Food and Nu­tri­tion clus­ter of Zim-As­set ( Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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