Cop in stealing ring granted bail

HARARE - The officer-in-charge of Matapi Police Station in Mbare who connived with a constable and stole $3 105 paid in fines was yesterday granted $100 bail.

Inspector Linia Zvobgo, 51, of 17697 New Craneborne in Harare and Constable Tawanda Forgive Dube, 25, of 40 Mondynes Drive in Mandara, are facing theft of trust property charges involving $3 105 and risk losing their jobs, a Harare magistrate heard.

During their bail hearing, prosecutor Sharon Mashavira said Zvobgo and Dube were yet to face a disciplinary hearing. 

“Accused persons are law officers and it is not in question that they know their fate,” Mashavira said.

“They are yet to face a disciplinary hearing and are likely to lose their jobs.”

The State opposed bail on the basis that there was a high likelihood that accused persons would interfere with witnesses.

The State also feared that Zvobgo might threaten witnesses since most of them were her subordinates.

Accused persons’ lawyers argued that the police did not conduct thorough investigations prior to the arrest of Zvobgo and Dube.

They further argued that the seriousness of an offence was not enough to warrant the continued detention of the accused.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe granted the two $100 bail and remanded the matter to May 30.

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 the deposit of cash with the clerk of court.

Zvobgo and Dube reportedly received $3 105 in 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 (10)

I have known Linia Zvobgo for the past 27 years and I never suspected that she had some thieving habits. If gold rusts what will iron do? Who will police the police? I'm heart-broken.

Joubert Murambinda - 24 April 2014

I have known Linia since we were kids and she wouldnt steal a needle. This is the definitin of framing. She is a warm and loving person who is often taken advantage of

Juliana Mketiwa - 24 April 2014

I have known Linia since we were kids and she wouldnt steal a needle. This is the definitin of framing. She is a warm and loving person who is often taken advantage of

Juliana Mketiwa - 24 April 2014

Maybe Linia stole the money with her subordinate. Maybe she didn't, but could have trusted her subordinate too much, believing that he was banking the money at the magistrates court, without her checking the money and paperwork as is the procedure. Poo Linia.

machakachaka - 24 April 2014

Does anybody out there know were the fines money eventually go??? What is it used for??? Mybe the "took" their share.

kitsi - 24 April 2014

Is the state that granted them bail also the one that refused them bail "...on the basis....they would interfere with witnesses? Given the fact that these are top cops who know very well that anything with a paper trail can be traced back to you, I do not think this was their first time committing such a crime. Something went wrong, but they have been getting away with it in the past.

Dr Know - 24 April 2014

Is it that she was in custody? If the truth may be told this is one lady who is worth calling a lady. very motherly and down to earth. There is something wrong here. Those who know her will agree with me that she is a down to earth lady. If you go kumba kwavo unongoona wega kuti mai ivava vane zvinhu zvavo. I doubt if she could have stolen $3000. Her husband too is an organised somebody and lawyer. I hope she will come out clean. I Have a lot of respect for the lady.

Peter - 26 April 2014

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