Cop summoned for driving MDC MP's car

MASVINGO - A police officer in Chiredzi has been hauled before a disciplinary hearing for driving an MDC legislator’s car.

Constable Brighton Mangoto, force number 056747 yesterday appeared before police internal disciplinary board after he drove Chiredzi Central MDC MP, Moses Mare’s car into the police camp last month.

Mangoto claims he wanted to buy the car and was doing a test drive before he could pay.

Martin Mureri of Matutu Kwirira and Partners represented Mangoto in the hearing.

“My client appeared before a hearing at the Chiredzi District police headquarters today and he is facing charges of driving a car belonging to an ‘opposition MP from MDC’, according to the charge sheet,” Mureri said.

“The hearing was deferred to Saturday and if he is found guilty, he can lose his job.”

The hearing was presided over by chief superintendent P. Nyabadza, superintendents Moyo G and Moyo S.

In a letter from the Police General Headquarters (PGHQ), department of Human Resources, top cops in Chiredzi were directed to convene a hearing and finalise the case before June 20 this year.

“The commissioner-general of Police has directed that a commission of inquiry be convened on the above mention member (Constable Mangoto B) to ascertain the suitability or fitness to remain in the forces or retain his rank,” read the PGHQ letter.

The letter also demanded the matter be finalised and submitted to police chief Augustine Chihuri before June 20.

According to the police charge sheet, it is alleged that on May 5 this year in Chiredzi town, Mangoto  drove an unregistered red Mazda MPV station wagon  into the police camp through a police manned boom gate.

The MDC MP Mare was said to be seated on the passenger seat.

The charge further says Mongoto drove to the canteen and parked the car before returning it to the owner.

The charges also pointed out that his behaviour violated a certain Police Act Chapter 11:10 which  says “Acting in an unbecoming or disorderly manner or any manner prejudicial to good order or discipline reasonably likely to discredit the police force.”

But his lawyer, Mureri said his client was being victimised and the charges were unlawful.

“This is just mere victimisation of my client, the charges are unlawful, the hearing was however, deferred to Saturday because their house is not in order,” Mureri said. - Godfrey Mtimba

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