CID boss seeks discharge in $300 bribe charge

BULAWAYO - Criminal Investigations Department (CID) squad boss, George Machinga, is seeking to be discharged from charges of soliciting for a $300 bribe.

Machinga’s defence counsel yesterday asked for leave to tender a written application for discharge at the close of the State’s case.

Machinga, 44, the officer-in-charge at CID Fraud Section at Cabs Building, is facing charges of criminal abuse of office.

This follows allegations that he solicited for a $300 bribe from a fraud suspect.

He pleaded not guilty to fraud charges when he appeared before magistrate Gladmore Mushove.

Machinga’s lawyer Mlamuli Ncube of Cheda and Partners said he would file his written submissions to support his application on August 29.

The State, led by Viviana Chikomo, undertook to respond on September 5.

Magistrate Mushowe is expected to hand down the ruling on the application on September 12.

The State closed its case after calling in different witnesses who included chief inspector Maxwell Nsingo and Menford Ncube who gave the final evidence-in-chief yesterday.

On June 19, Machinga allegedly ordered Pardon Dube to pay $300 “to buy his freedom” and $250 to reimburse Cordelia Bachisi, a woman he allegedly duped while masquerading as a
lawyer.

The accused was arrested the following day after a trap was allegedly set by detectives following a report by Dube.

The officers photocopied the bank notes that were to be used by Dube to pay Machinga.

Testifying in court last week, Nsingo, who led the eight officers who conducted the search in Machinga’s office, told the court the officers found the banknotes stashed under a picture frame inside a metal filing cabinet in the office, after two-and-a-half hours of searching.

But Machinga, through his lawyer Ncube, alleged that the officers planted the cash while he was in the toilet, adding that it was not procedural for the officers who set the trap to be part of the arresting team.

Machinga claimed that Nsingo’s superior, chief superintendent Lesley Tseretse Manike, had a score to settle with him as he had once arrested his sister.

He said during the search, Machinga was “uneasy” and kept insisting that he wanted to go to the toilet.

But the defence lawyer raised suspicion on the way the money was found upon his return from the toilet after two-and-a-half hours of searching a “fairly small” office.

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