Prosecutor, cop acquitted of demanding R900 bribe

MASVINGO - A man who had hauled a local public prosecutor and a police officer before the courts for demanding bribes from him after he was arrested on domestic violence charges is now the accused.

Nyasha Kwashira is in police custody after he was arrested on charges of giving false information to the police and the court.

It is the State’s case that he lied that he had bribed Masvingo prosecutor, Tafirei Tandirai, 38, and a police officer George Ferendende, 31.

Tandirai and Ferendende were acquitted by Masvingo Magistrate, Langton Ndokera after Kwashira stunned the court by disowning his earlier statement that he had handed over R900 to the prosecutor and the cop.

The court was left speechless when Kwashira started to defend the accused and denied that he had given them the money, pointing out that he had bribed some court officials he could not identify.

The police officer was also acquitted by an internal police disciplinary hearing.

Kwashura was arrested for reporting falsehoods and wasting the time of the police and the court.

His lawyer, Martin Mureri of Matutu and Mureri Legal Practitioners said his client would appear in court soon.

“My client Kwashira was arrested for making a false information report and will appear in court tomorrow (today Friday),” Mureri said.

The charges arise from events that happened on February 1, when Kwashira reported  Tandirai and Ferendende for receiving a R900 bribe in order to kill a case of domestic violence he was facing.

Tandirai and Ferendende, were, however, cleared by the courts for wrong doing after the complainant disowned his testimony.

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