10 months for masquerading as police officer

HARARE - A Bluffhill man has been caged for 10 months for masquerading as a police officer.

Edmore Carlton Masarakufa, 23, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment of which six months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour. Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa found him guilty of impersonating a police officer.

Masarakufa 23, impersonated a police officer at Pick and Pay Supermarket Westgate.

The State proved that on November 21, Masarakufa, a Pick ‘n Pay employee based at Westgate, saw a commuter omnibus parked at an undesignated point.

He confronted the commuter omnibus driver and started questioning him before claiming to be a City of Harare official    attached to traffic enforcements.

Masarakufa told the kombi driver that he was under arrest for breaking road rules.

He took the car keys and ordered the driver to take the kombi to Third Street where he would meet his fellow workmates.

The kombi driver later realised that he was not a City of Harare worker and a scuffle ensued.

Masarakufa was taken to Harare Central Police Station where the former introduced himself as Constable Peter Sibanda based at Morris Depot Training.

Masarakufa also produced a police identity card belonging to Sibanda.

After interrogation, it emerged Masarakufa was neither a police officer nor a City of Harare officer, leading to his arrest.

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