Ex-police officers on the run

HARARE - Three former police officers are on the run after being implicated in a fraud case that has landed three other men in court.

Ex-cops Joseph Mauta, Handrick Matseru and Kufakunesu Mukucha are still at large after allegedly swindling a gold dealer, Stephen Tasiyana, of 132 grammes of gold. They have since been discharged from the force.

Three accomplices, Alfred Muza Mapimhidze, 29, Ishmael Khahwemba, 29 and Taurai Chitapa, 28, were nabbed and have since appeared before magistrate Olivia Mariga on fraud charges.

The court yesterday heard on October 16 this year, the trio approached Stephen Tasiyana, who was looking for gold buyers along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in Harare.

They allegedly misrepresented to Tasiyana that they were genuine gold agents and could hook him up with gold buyers.

According to prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira, Tasiyana handed 132 grammes of gold to Chipata, who had promised to get a buyer.

Chipata, the prosecution alleged, immediately signalled to the former police officers who pounced on them purporting to be making an arrest. The officers took them to Chipata’s vehicle.

While driving towards the Harare Central Police entrance, the officers threatened Tasiyana with detention and a heavy jail penalty before dropping him off and fleeing with the gold, the court heard.

Tasiyana immediately filed a police report leading to the arrest of Mapimhidze, Khahwemba and Chipata.

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