Po­lice­man nabbed for ex­tor­tion

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

A GWANDA-BASED po­lice­man has been ar­rested af­ter he al­legedly or­dered a suspect to pay him $50 in ex­change for his free­dom.

Con­sta­ble Au­gus­tine Rugede (33) who is sta­tioned at the Gwanda Ur­ban Po­lice Sta­tion or­dered Mr Moses Madeya who was be­ing ac­cused of steal­ing gold ore to pay him the money if he wanted to be freed.

Rugede is ex­pected to ap­pear at the Gwanda mag­is­trate courts fac­ing a charge of ex­tor­tion on a date yet to be ad­vised.

Ac­cord­ing to State facts, Rugede com­mit­ted the of­fence on 3 July.

“On 2 July around 9am, Rugede was al­lo­cated a case of theft where Mr Moses Madeya was be­ing ac­cused of steal­ing gold ore. Rugede ar­rested him on the same day and Mr Madeya was de­tained in po­lice cells.

“He was re­leased the fol­low­ing day to ap­pear in court and the State de­clined to pros­e­cute the matter as more in­ves­ti­ga­tions had to be car­ried out. Af­ter court, Rugede told Mr Madeya that he would take him back to the po­lice sta­tion for fur­ther de­ten­tion un­less he paid $50 for his re­lease. Rugede added that if Mr Madeya paid the money he would be able to at­tend court ses­sions while com­ing from home,” read the court pa­pers.

The State pa­pers fur­ther in­di­cate that Mr Madeya fear­ing for his health if he was taken back to the cells, then con­tacted his fam­ily to bring the money.

He paid the money to Rugede who then re­leased him but he was not is­sued with a re­ceipt.

The matter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Rugede’s ar­rest.

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Mr Ibu Magombo shows a burst man­hole mak­ing a foun­tain of sewage at Mag­wegwe North, Bu­l­awayo on Thurs­day. The man said the sewage has been flow­ing for over a month and the city coun­cil seems to be fail­ing to con­tain it with res­i­dents risk­ing a cholera out­break. Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri

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