Prosecutor faces R900 bribery rap

MASVINGO - A Masvingo public prosecutor was yesterday hauled before a magistrate here facing corruption charges.

Tafireyi Tandirayi, 38, who is jointly charged with a Zimbabwe Republic Police officer George Ferendende, 31, appeared before magistrate Langton Ndokera facing charges of receiving R900 from an accused person who was facing domestic violence charges.

The two, who are being represented by Phillip Shumba of Mutendi and Shumba Legal Practitioners, had demanded $100 so that they could conceal the crime Nyasha Kwashira was facing, before he was tried.

Masvingo area prosecutor, Elson Chabarika told the court that on February 1 this year, Ferendende took Kwashira to Tandirai’s office at around 10am. Tandirai was on duty as a public prosecutor.

The court heard the two public officers then demanded that Kwashira pays $100 so they could facilitate the finalisation of his case without going for trial.

Kwashira asked to go out of the office to collect the money from his sister who was waiting outside.
It was also heard that he returned to the office with R900 and handed it over to Tandirai in the presence of Ferendende. The two then said Kwashira was free to go as he was now a freeman.

The deal was, however, scuttled by Kwashira’s sister, Loveness Machele, who demanded to know how the case was finalised.

She demanded that Kwashira be given a receipt if he had been fined by the courts, but a receipt could not be produced.

She later reported the case at Masvingo Police Station, leading to the two’s arrest
Magistrate Ndokera and prosecutor Chabarika, however, recused themselves from the case.

The two were remanded out of custody to a date to be advised.

The court was looking for a magistrate and prosecutor from other districts as local officials are all not willing to prosecute their fellow worker.

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