CID boss on trial for fraud

BULAWAYO - Magistrate Gladmore Mushowe yesterday dismissed an application for discharge by CID Fraud squad boss, George Machinga.

Machinga, 44, the officer-in-charge at CID Fraud Section at Cabs Building is facing charges of criminal abuse of office following allegations that he solicited a $300 bribe from a fraud suspect.

His defence counsel Mlamuli Ncube of Cheda and Partners had submitted a written application for a discharge at the close of the State’s case after the State had called different witnesses to testify in court.

In her ruling, Mushowe said she would only give the reasons for turning down the application when she hands down the final judgment.

Machinga has pleaded not guilty to fraud charge. The trial will commence on September 22.

Prosecutor Vivianah Chikomo told the court that 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 when he was allegedly trapped 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 month Chief Inspector Maxwell Nsingo, who led the eight officers conducting the search in Machinga’s office, told the court that the officers found the bank notes stashed under a picture frame inside a metal filing cabinet in the office, after two and half hours of searching.

But Machinga, through his lawyer alleged that the officers planted the cash while he was in the toilet, adding that it was not

procedural for the officers who formed 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 because he had once arrested his only remaining sister.

The defence lawyer raised suspicion about the way the money was found in his absence after two and half hours of searching a “fairly small” office.

Comments (1)

It is a disgrace, such a high office in a special branch. Hat off to the good guys. Keep it up perheps Zim-Asset may survive.

dungas - 17 September 2014

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