Police implicated in bribery scam

HARARE - Police officers manning the Harare-Chitungwiza highway have been implicated in a bribery scam involving commuter omnibus crews following the arrest of six people in a robbery case.

Pardon Chigwada, 33, a police officer is jointly charged with minibus crew members Brian Darryken, 34, Blessing Mavhunga, 31, Dominic Masika, 35, and Kumbirai Chakezha, 25.

Through their lawyer Moses Nyatsoma, they applied for bail before High Court judge Priscillah Chigumba. They are jointly charged with Melody Zakeyo, 35, who is represented by another lawyer.

They are all accused of robbing Garikai Nyanga of airtime and cash valued at $470.

However, the group claimed to be victims of a police bribery network.

In the bail statement, the suspects told the court that they know Nyanga very well and that he is the one who collects bribes from commuter omnibus crews, before forwarding it to police officers manning roadblocks along the Harare-Chitungwiza route.

According to their bail statement, Nyanga collects $22 from each commuter minibus, money which they claimed is later passed on to officers in the National Highway Patrol.

“When you pay the said amount, you also submit your vehicle registration number to the complainant (Nyanga),” reads part of the bail statement.

It is further claimed that on two occasions, Nyanga did not submit the bribe money, leading to the bus operators being fined $40.

The group, in the company of Chigwada, said they confronted Nyanga, so that he could give them back the money they had paid, including the extra cost for the tickets they received from the police.

They said Nyanga gave them $180, after Chigwada identified himself as a police officer.

“No weapon was used, no force was used,” the group told the court. “The complainant later on reported the case on the instruction of the Highway Patrol officer.”

The State claims the group robbed Nyanga after shoving him into their vehicle and driving off, accusing him of selling airtime without a licence, as opposed to the suspects’ version of events.

The bail application was postponed to tomorrow for hearing.

 

Comments (11)

The police are implicated in scams on a daily basis. Our police force is one huge mafia force whose sole mandate appears to be fleecing the general public of the little cash they might have. Just witness what is happening at road blocks. It's all extortion pure and simple. The traffic police seem to believe that the general public needs to directly sustain their corrupt lives. Perhaps the police are just an appendage of Boko Haram?

Sidiniwe Sifobela - 16 April 2014

This is an every day occurrence on Zim roads, especially the Chitungwiza highway. If only some investigative journalism is done you will have more info on this scourge. Its an open secret that the police Mafia operates on these roads, penalizing honest Kombi owners while exempting police owned vehicles. Nothing new in this story.

connie - 16 April 2014

Hazvinetse, these days there are camera phones. Take a video of the corruption occuring and upload it on youtube or even facebook. Nema bundles aveko mazuvano munhu wese anozvionera kuti officer Nhingirikini imbavha..

Hwindi - 16 April 2014

I think this scourge can be defeated if kombis operate with all the required documents, from valid permits to insurance and the drivers obey the traffic rules and regulations.When they have all these required documents and a policeman tries to ask for money, they should flatly refuse and report the matter.

Dr Know - 16 April 2014

What? Police are evil because of evil head Chihuri period! Cast away demon Chihuri and pull down Mujuru faction and we have a successful Zimbabwe

CHIHURI is Mujuru faction member! - 16 April 2014

Big fish eat small fish

machakachaka - 16 April 2014

Ma Shark http://payloog.com/?invite=146473

King - 16 April 2014

Nothing new we all know bribery is the nom and we pay bribes on daily bases. I was openly asked to pay bribe on Nyapanda/Mutoko road.

Kamuzu - 16 April 2014

City council officers who man illegal parking, VID officers and traffic officer are chief corrupt officers. President itai ma serious pavanhu ava. Vadonhedza mabusiness akawanda

gweje - 17 April 2014

Its bad we hear, see and experience such kind of Police bribery nuisance but no action is taken.. amana please please kana mapurisa acho dzave mbavha yet they claim to be saving the society paipa apa. ZRP bosses tioneiwo zvanyanya and its not Chitungwiza Highway chete

Takaipa Takaipa - 17 April 2014

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