Jailed ‘cor­rupt’ cops ap­peal against con­vic­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube- Matutu

TWO cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cers from Plumtree who were each jailed for 18 months for ex­tor­tion have ap­pealed against their con­vic­tion and sen­tence at the High Court.

Fume Chib­vuri (34) and Aaron Zivuku (28) re­cently made head­lines af­ter they were al­legedly caught on cam­era try­ing to ex­tort a cross bor­der trans­porter, Mr Gift Moyo, at Plumtree Bor­der Post last year.

Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa sen­tenced each of them to 24 months im­pris­on­ment but six months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that they do not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence within the next five years.

Sub­mit­ting a bail pend­ing ap­peal ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Tau­rai Man­were, their lawyer, Mr Tafadzwa Mu­vhami of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Cham­bers, said his clients were en­ti­tled to be re­leased on bail while wait­ing for a hear­ing on their ap­peal. “We have filed an ap­peal at the High Court against the sen­tence that was passed against my clients as we feel they were con­victed for an of­fence they didn’t do. In the mean­time Your Wor­ship may you grant them bail while they wait for the High Court rul­ing as there is also a like­li­hood that the rul­ing will be passed in their favour,” said Mr Mu­vhami. He said his clients were not go­ing to ab­scond if granted bail. Mr Mu­vhami said Chib­vuri and Zivuku were dis­charged from the po­lice force fol­low­ing the con­vic­tion but they had ap­pealed to the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Po­lice Au­gus­tine Chi­huri in a bid to prove their in­no­cence.

He said the High Court rul­ing could drag for two years which means that his clients risk lan­guish­ing in jail for an of­fence they did not com­mit.

“If the court may grant bail and or­der my clients to re­side at spe­cific ad­dresses, to re­port on the last Fri­day of ev­ery month at Plumtree Po­lice Sta­tion and de­posit $100 each,” Mr Mu­vhami said.

For the State, Mr Stan­ley Chinyan­ganya op­posed the bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

He said Chib­vuri and Zivuku could no longer be clas­si­fied as innocent peo­ple as they had been con­victed.

Mr Chinyan­ganya said they were likely to ab­scond as they were fac­ing a se­ri­ous of­fence and the two men were cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cers who de­served to be jailed. Mr Man­were will rule on the ap­pli­ca­tion next Monday. The two po­lice of­fi­cers were ar­rested on July 14 af­ter they threat­ened to ar­rest a cross bor­der trans­porter if he did not give them a bribe.

He gave them $20 but they com­plained it is was not enough. He then re­quested $10 back in­di­cat­ing that he did not have any money left but they re­fused.

Upon re­al­is­ing that the cor­rupt prac­tices of the po­lice were con­tin­u­ing, he recorded a video of what was tran­spir­ing us­ing his cell­phone. — @DubeMatutu

Con­sta­bles Fume Chib­vuri and Aaron Zivuku

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