‘Mafia’ cops ac­quit­ted

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

TWO po­lice of­fi­cers who were ar­rested for so­lic­it­ing a bribe from a man and al­legedly later went to his home where they threat­ened to kill him if he tes­ti­fied in court, have been ac­quit­ted.

Malvin Ndlovu (36) and Try­more Gore (34) yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndlovu charged with ex­tor­tion and crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice.

De­liv­er­ing his ver­dict, Mag­is­trate Ndhlovu cited lack of cred­i­ble ev­i­dence as a state wit­ness had lied un­der oath about his iden­tity.

The State wit­ness said he was Claudius Chauke but his real name is Claudius Manamela.

“How then can this court rely on his tes­ti­mony since he lied un­der oath about his name and na­tional reg­is­tra­tion par­tic­u­lars? The State wit­ness is un­re­li­able be­cause he took an oath un­der a non-ex­is­tent name,” said the mag­is­trate. “The State also failed to call other wit­nesses who saw the ex­change of money, a Si­bongile and a Bongiwe Ncube. “It is there­fore the rul­ing of this court that the tes­ti­mony was un­re­li­able and fa­tal. The ac­cused per­sons are there­fore found not guilty and ac­quit­ted.” Manamela told the court that he was pop­u­larly known as Chauke as it is his totem and very few peo­ple ad­dressed him as Manamela. Ndlovu and four other al­leged po­lice of­fi­cers armed with knives were ac­cused of raid­ing the home of a State wit­ness, Mr Mathias Moyo, in a bribery case and beat him up in an ef­fort to stop him from tes­ti­fy­ing against them in court. The cops, a court heard last month, al­legedly threat­ened to kill Mr Moyo dur­ing the mafia-style at­tack at mid­night. They al­legedly told him that they were mem­bers of the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CIO). The cop gang al­legedly ad­vised Mr Moyo that it would be good for his well be­ing if he kept away from the wit­ness box. Al­though he in­sisted all five were po­lice­men, only Malvin Ndlovu (36), an As­sis­tant In­spec­tor, ad­mit­ted he was a po­lice of­fi­cer in court. He ap­peared along­side an ac­com­plice, an­other po­lice of­fi­cer, Try­more Gore (34), who al­legedly de­manded a bribe to­gether with Ndlovu from Mr Chauke (Manamela) but did not go to threaten the wit­ness at his home. The cops were ac­cused of de­mand­ing and get­ting $150 from the com­plainant to re­lease him from po­lice cus­tody. Ndlovu and Gore were rep­re­sented by Mr James Dh­li­wayo of Pundu and Com­pany Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers. — @andile_ tshuma

Malvin Ndlovu

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