Top cop 'forced' to resign

HARARE - Oliver Chibage, a police commissioner who is also police commissioner-general, Augustine Chihuri’s right hand man, has reportedly been forced to resign from the police  amid investigations into alleged corruption.

Charity Charamba, the police spokesperson, yesterday claimed Chibage was on leave pending resignation.

“He tendered his Form 71, he is on leave pending resignation,” Charamba said.

Contacted for comment by the Daily News yesterday, Chibage said it was all lies that he was resigning.

“Munhu wa commissioner angaita zvinhu zvakadaro? Ini ndiri busy kuno kugadzira nezve Miss Universities.
(Do you think I would do that? I am busy organising the Miss Universities contest.) Pressured if he was on leave pending resignation, Chibage said: “I don’t know about that, it’s all lies.”

All this was despite Charamba’s confirmation that Chibage had indeed tendered his resignation.

However, the Daily News sources said the top cop was forced out of the organisation for yet undisclosed dealings which infuriated Chihuri.

Chibage was one of the few security details seconded by government to sit on the board of Anjin — one of the mining firms exploiting the country’s diamonds in Chiadzwa.

In the wake of Chibage’s forced resignation, top police officers are said to be investigating a litany of corrupt deals involving senior officers using Chihuri’s name to fleece people and companies of their money.

One of the cases said to be under probe is one involving large quantities of cement purchased at concessionary rates in Chihuri’s name but it turned out that the cement was being abused by one  the commissioner general’s subordinates.

Chihuri was said to be unaware of the dealings behind his back.

The racket was reportedly busted by Chihuri himself when one of the truckload of cement was “mistakenly” delivered at the police boss’ house - only to emerge that the “contraband” infact belonged to a lower ranked commissioner.

“The truckload went to the commissioner’s home and it was his name which was on the invoice but the people at the commissioner-general’s house raised the boss inquiring if he had ordered any cement.

“This is when the case exploded because Chihuri reportedly expressed ignorance on the origins of the cement and immediately became curious to investigate because he suspected there was a scam brewing,” said a senior police source.

The source added: “Chihuri himself rushed to the scene to make sure that those behind the cement deal were exposed. He did not want his name tarnished. The police commissioner general is furious that his subordinates are abusing his name to conduct corrupt activities.

“The other case involves a stolen car which somehow ended up in the hands of a police commissioner.  Chihuri also got wind of it and has directed his deputies to investigate. The other case involves a company which supplied sub standard uniforms to the polic which a senior police officer reportedly influenced to have it awarded the tender. There are other cases involved which will come out in the open soon.”

“Huge amounts of money exchanged hands and Chihuri was unaware of these dirty deals being conducted behind his back. The man (Chihuri) is furious and will chop heads,” said the highly placed source.

The Daily News had not established at the time of going to press if Chibage was involved in any of these deals which Chihuri has reportedly vowed to put an end.

Chibage has other business interests, operating a safari lodge, Ochi City, named after him.

He is also the behind Miss Universities, a beauty contest for university students.

Chibage is a controversial figure and in recent years emerged as one of the most powerful figures in the police force because of his close proximity to Chihuri.

Even deputy commissioners, who are supposed to be his bosses, are reportedly scared of him.

Comments (18)

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Manyika - 10 October 2013

rega zvisungwe pfutseki

unomama chete - 10 October 2013

birds of a feather flock together, but once in a while you separate the chicks from the senior flock even by sacrificing them..!

mammoth castle - 10 October 2013

Munhu akanaka zvekuti its all lies aganest him his the sponsor of Mr Muscle Maniia were winners get new cars and stands siyanai naye haana mhosva his down to earth

chikomba - 10 October 2013

Waenda uyu

Maita Manyuka - 10 October 2013

Zvanyanya veduwe. Ko vana vamunongosunga netunyaya tudiki tusina kumeso muchipurisa umu izvo hamba munotori mashefu zvakare pakudhirisa nhai. Anyway sorry for you - at least for now - bcoz zvoita senge ndiwe wega. Idzi nyaya dzenyu idzi machinda totongodzisiya kune Musiki ndiye achaona kuti wodii. Ndadaro nekuti wenyama hapana achine simba rakakwana kukustopai - yu are very powerful.

Ganyamatope - 10 October 2013

If u are chased from police force what's the next move or profession? kuba chete! Robery!

policy maker - 10 October 2013

Can he tell the public how he procures cars and stands for prizes. There is no honest top cop. How come it is that easy to use Chihuri's name in these deals?It is because they have learnt from the boss himself. Varikuedza kutivhara sezvavarikuita pamadiamonds.

Mavara Azarevhu - 10 October 2013

Ngaaende Ngaaende Uri Dho#@i

chipochashe - 10 October 2013

mbavha ....batai munhu

aaron - 10 October 2013

fambai zvakanaka baba vevana muri dhodhi

Mafirekureva - 11 October 2013

@ chikomba, you are the biggest fool ever. Where the hell do you think chibage gets all the money to buy prizes [cars and stands as you say]. Remember, Ukadziya moto wembavha ...... Muchamama. Busy kupaza Zimbabwe yakafirwa nevana vevamwe kuti tisininguke. Shit dzevanhu. VaChihuri BATAI VANHU. Kusvibisa zita renyika pamwe naPresident akakuisai pazvigaro izvozvo apa fundo pasina futi. Pasi nehuwori said Our Hon President. Munhu ngaabatwe.

Zvichapera Chete - 11 October 2013

So he is the owner of the CHIBAGE combis boldly written so that no police officer will dare arrest

shumba - 11 October 2013

Kule maiti munoendanepi? Batwai huori manga manyanya.

Chandokupisa - 11 October 2013

Chipurisa chikapera wondoita mahobho. Priz priz priz mahohobho yeyeye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 11 October 2013

That guy is corrupt to the bone. Also busy exploitting and sleeping with young university girls under the guise of Miss Universities. Top shata yaKereke and one of the big wigs who has been protecting Kereke from a litany of his numerous brushes with the law. Business partner yaKereke kuOchi City. Like Kereke he belongs to Chikurbi Maximum Prison. Just wondering why these are not yet there why?

john mutekede - 11 October 2013

ndimi makavadzidzisa chimbavha ichocho

kwanda - 16 October 2013

@Mafirakureva Siyananeni iwe uchakarara nazvino here kunze kwakaedza karekare munhu vese aita mari unoti aba aba saka mai vako vachifamba vasina bhurugwa nekuti unofunga kuti unofanira kuba kuti vatenge bhurugwa

chikomba - 16 October 2013

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