Jailed cop sues Chihuri

HARARE - A senior cop has dragged commissioner general of police Augustine Chihuri to the High Court after he was jailed for seven days for misconduct.

Detective constable Lazarus Gondo cited the police board president chief superintendent Mutifori and Chihuri as first and second respondents respectively.

Gondo told the court that he appeared before Mutifori in December last year on accusations of contravening the Police Act. He was accused of acting in an unbecoming manner or in any manner prejudiced to good order or discipline or reasonably likely to bring discredit to the police force.

Allegations against Gondo, who has served in the police force for the past 16 years, arose following claims that he had procured a driver’s licence for a man who later filed a complaint against him.

Following the complaint, Gondo was convicted and sentenced to serve seven days in prison.

“…the second respondent (Chihuri) stated that I only assisted the complainant to be his witness in the registration of his motor vehicle and not the driver’s licence and later changed on the next page stating that he did not deny that I procured the driver’s licence for the complainant.

“There is a difference between being a witness and a partaker in the procurement of the driver’s licence,” reads part of the court papers.

He told the court that the trial officer fell in error when he failed to put into consideration that there was bad blood between him and the complainant.

Gondo said that the enmity emanated from a failed transaction for a sale of a vehicle between the complainant and Paddy Nyamaropa.

Gondo now wants the decision of the disciplinary appeal to be set aside.

“I was sentenced to seven days imprisonment at Chikurubi detention barracks. However, I was not satisfied with the judgment as it was marred with several irregularities,” Gondo said.

Chihuri opposed the application, adding that the sentence was justified.

“In the case before this court, the sentence of seven days is within the sentencing powers of the court a quo,” Chihuri said.

“…in matters of this nature, the courts have to be firm if indiscipline is to be eradicated.”

The police chief said the sentence was not excessive, considering that the offence borders on dishonesty.

The matter will be heard today before High Court judge Garainesu Mawadze.

Comments (16)

guys why muchinetsa chihuri, makugutisa manje, chihuri akabata or akavharidzira mhosva dzevakawanda mu zanu menyu imomo kusanganisira maweevils nevegamatox.please repect him and take him serious.

zimunya wasu - 19 August 2015

Let the courts assist by bringing justice to this Gondo guy.Chihuri has become a president of his own considering that he is being called Comrade in a service which needs impartiality meaning that he is one sided.Let the law take its course and he also feels what the innocent who are always sent to jail feel. He should be the one going in for seven(7) days. Shit.

abbie makiwa - 19 August 2015

how can you call a detective constable a senior cop? you are ajoke you people

soja - 19 August 2015

A Deputy Chief Writer who tells us Detective Constable is a Senior police officer. Ah!

Ndugu - 19 August 2015

Soja you noted what i also noted. These daily news editors are so stupnonsebish. Thats a degree of stupidity mixed with nonsense and rubbish. How do you call a constable the lowest police rank a senior cop. Go to school nigger.

hungwe - 19 August 2015

It's not their fault.They are supposed to be given lectures on the structure and ranks of the various branches of our uniformed forces or protection services during the course of learning their trade at colleges .They equally, through ignorance confuse the CIO and plain clothes branches of the ZRPolice in the process of writing stories involving these organisations.

v v siziba - 19 August 2015

Is a detective constable a senior cop?

Francis Munangwa - 20 August 2015

this story exhibits unbridled ignorance of the writer,sub-editors,news editor, the 'Damaging Editor Eric Chiriga and ultimately Stan. this is nauseating

chitova - 20 August 2015

haayas you guys, you should learn to focus on something better rather than attacking these deputy writers, because they dont know the ranks of these officer

drudder - 20 August 2015

Someone needs to expose Augustine Chihuri as a major thief / criminal. He and his criminal enterprise cronies in the police evicted owners and employees from the URBAN Property GLETWYN (east of Harare) Then he and his cronies plundered all the assets there including houses and other improvements. One of his partner in this crime is commissioner Canaan Mugumira who now occupies one of the stolen houses. SUGGESTION __ Go to GLENWOOD to get a majestic overview of Chihuri's new stolen empire and what he has built there. People like the useless self-professed AMH jounalist Dumisani Muleya knew all about this yet has said nothing about it so far. Meanwhile Saviour Kasukuwere's claims he is hunting for Land Barons. One of these thieves is now an avid sports fan and is a retired multi-millionaire made from selling this plundered property. This Land Baron,s headquarters can be found at 12 Meredith Drive Eastlea. Since this thief is a rabid Zanu pf stalwart nothing will be done about this criminal and his cabal.

Mberembere Jengaenga - 20 August 2015

Constable is never a snr cop.Snr cop depends with the rank not period of service Mr Reporter. Point of correction.

piaget - 20 August 2015

@ Tendai kamhungira, the Deputy Chief Writer, your story is good, but how can a person who hold such a big position fail to know the different between a junior cop, senior cop etc? In the structure that is used by ZRP an 'Officer' is someone who holds the rank of Inspector and above. A 'Senior Officer' is someone of the rank of Superintendent and above. This implies that Inspectors and Chief Inspectors fall under the category of 'Junior Officers' while those of the rank of Superintendent to that of Commissioner General are 'Senior Officers'. Those below the rank of Inspectors are mere members. Some headlines, and sometimes intros, are so misleading in as much as they do not tell the story of what they denote. "A senior cop dragged the Commissioner general...." Then you say 'Detective "Constable...." i think you get my point. I worked for eleven years in the army and i know that 'love titles.'

Hotshot - 20 August 2015

I know that they love their titles, and so are police bosses since they also adopt a militaristic approach in most of their operations, including ranks and positions

Hotshot - 20 August 2015

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