Former Police Boss Chihuri "Stole ZRP Vehicle Number Plates"
Former Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has been accused of stealing number plates of a broken down Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Mercedes Benz. He reportedly used the plates to fraudulently get the State to service his personal vehicles.
These accusations were revealed by Detective Assistant Inspector Thomas Mabgwe while testifying against a former police officer, Senior Assistant Commissioner Robert Tendero Masukusa (47) who is facing charges of using State funds to repair his personal car.
Mabgwe told the court that Masukusa, like Chihuri, had his personal vehicles fixed at various garages using police funds. Mabgwe said:
We discovered that there was a certain vehicle which was being fixed at (Zimoco’s) garage which had the same number plates with that of a police vehicle that was under breakdown and had been long parked in Chitungwiza.
He also reported that investigations revealed that the vehicle in question was parked had never been moved.
Det Asst Insp Mabgwe told the court that Masukusa intentionally committed the offence by servicing his private vehicle using the police account as he was the Chief Staff Officer in charge of the Transport and Logistics Department.
The state, through Prosecutor Francesca Mukumbiri, alleged that Masukusa used over US$7 000 to service the car at Isoquant Investments Trading as Zimoco between 2015 and 2016.
Zimoco is said to have renewed rear shocks, right rear driveshaft, brake pads, camber strut and full wheel alignment services.
Harare magistrate Mrs Rumbidzai Mugwagwa deferred the matter to July 5 for trial continuation.
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