Po­lice of­fi­cers caught offside on cam­era BRIBE COPS CAGED

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TWO Plumtree po­lice of­fi­cers who were recorded on cam­era by a cross bor­der trans­porter de­mand­ing and re­ceiv­ing a bribe from him at the Plumtree Bor­der Post have each been sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 18 months in jail.

Fume Chib­vuri (34) and Aaron Zivuku (28) yes­ter­day pleaded not guilty to ex­tor­tion when they ap­peared be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa but were con­victed due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

They were each sen­tenced to 24 months in prison but six months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that they do not within the next five years com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Ru­vetsa said the cops de­served a cus­to­dial sen­tence to send a mes­sage to other cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cers.

“Ex­tor­tion is a se­ri­ous of­fence es­pe­cially when com­mit­ted by po­lice of­fi­cers who are sup­posed to be cus­to­di­ans of the law. Your ac­tions show that gov­ern­ment is los­ing a lot of rev­enue to po­lice of­fi­cers that are de­mand­ing bribes from smug­glers at our borders.

“There­fore or­der has to be re­stored and this can be done through a de­ter­rent sen­tence,” he said.

Mr Ru­vetsa said while Chib­vuri and Zivuku had de­nied the charges, they had failed to present a rea­son­able de­fence to prove that they did not com­mit the of­fence.

He said their record would be sent to the High Court within the next seven days for re­view.

The two cops, through their le­gal coun­sel, Mr Nor­man Mugiya of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Cham­bers, claimed that on the day in ques­tion, they were not sta­tioned at the bor­der com­plex.

They said Mr Gift Moyo, who recorded them de­mand­ing pay­ment to grant him pas­sage through the bor­der in July last year, had fab­ri­cated a video of them and then cir­cu­lated it on so­cial me­dia in a bid to tar­nish their images.

The cops said Mr Moyo did that in re­tal­i­a­tion af­ter they had tes­ti­fied against him in a case of kid­nap­ping.

“Your Wor­ship, on the day in ques­tion my clients were work­ing from out­side the bor­der con­duct­ing some pa­trols and they didn’t come across the com­plainant.

“To prove that the video was fab­ri­cated, the com­plainant didn’t re­port the case but he merely cir­cu­lated the video. The video shows the com­plainant giv­ing money to some­one but it’s not clear to whom. Maybe he was do­nat­ing money to a friend and de­cided to pin­point my clients,” said Mr Mugiya.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Stan­ley Chinyan­ganya said the po­lice of­fi­cers ap­proached Mr Moyo on July 14 last year and threat­ened to ar­rest him if he did not bribe them.

He gave them $20 but they com­plained that it is was not enough.

Mr Chinyan­ganya said ten­sion be­tween the two cops and Mr Moyo height­ened af­ter he failed to meet their de­mands.

“Mr Moyo ar­rived at the bor­der at around 3PM driv­ing a Toy­ota Grand Hi­ace on his way to Bu­l­awayo from Botswana and upon reach­ing the en­trance gate, he was ap­proached by Chib­vuri and Zivuku who de­manded

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