Top cop up for fines theft

HARARE - The officer-in-charge of Matapi Police Station in Mbare connived with a constable and stole $3 105 paid in fines, a Harare magistrate heard yesterday.

Officer-in-charge Linia Zvobgo, 51, of 17697 New Craneborne Harare and constable Tawanda Forgive Dube, 25, of 40 Mondynes Drive, Mandara, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe facing theft of trust property charges.

The pair was remanded in custody pending their bail application.

The State opposed bail on the basis that there was a high likelihood that accused persons would interfere with witnesses. The state also fears that Zvobgo might threaten witnesses since most of them were her subordinates.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleged that between March and April this year, Zvobgo was the custodian of keys to the safe and state property. She was responsible for the overall running of the police station.

Dube was responsible for preparing charge sheets to facilitate banking of money with the Clerk of Court.

Zvobgo and Dube reportedly received $3 105 as deposit fines and receipted the money for purposes of banking. Dube and Zvobgo did not deposit the cash in the bank or with the Clerk of Court and ZRP Harare Province Finance Section, but allegedly converted the money to their own use.

Comments (7)

Surely Zimbabwe has gone to the dogs. Who would have thought it possible to hear the nonsense of a member-in-charge of a police station stealing fines? As a nation we have lost the moral compass. We need good and clean leadership to get out of the sewage pond of moral decadence we are currently neck-deep in. The leaders in our society be they political , religious or whatever are mostly corrupt conmen and our society no longer has any role models. This must stop and now!

Sozzler Gwabalanda - 23 April 2014

the fact that it is reported is encouraging.

art - 23 April 2014

Linia Zvobgo I guess did not share the loot with the bosses thereby committing an unforgivable sin. Lol

Mudhiniwe - 23 April 2014

When a fish rots from the head what do you expect of its body. Many police officers are driving cars and yet this is not commensurate with their salaries. If you are a policeman and not in the traffic section; what are you doing in the force? I suppose that the bulk of the deposit fines are obviously left-overs from the traffic section.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 23 April 2014

mapurisa ese anoda fresh training.what they learnt is how to steal and nothing else. nxa, mbavha dzinazvo.

toitei nazvo - 23 April 2014

Please also investigate Hatfield boss and his juniors. Ndatotauraso

Murombo weZhira - 24 April 2014

Are we really surprised that police officers are in for theft? Gwabalanda is right! Fish starts rotting from the head. What do we expect from a CULT running our country? This is the tip of the ice berg rot. We have a Mafia Godfather at the top and the likes of the minister of justice as the henchman to maintain status quo. There no excuse for stealing! These are the symptoms of a failed state. The poor souls have to put up with all the expenses of life and only to receive a salary which can not even buy basic food. there is no light at the end of the tunnel for as long as these clowns run the affairs of our beloved country.

Mbareboy - 24 April 2014

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