Rogue Cops On Extortion Spree
Seven police officers stationed at Gweru Rural Police station have been arrested and arraigned before the courts facing bribery charges.
The accused, Constables Joyful Magumise (35), Mugwagwa Magumise (42), Goodhope Chitimbe (31), David Mandimutsira, Bruce Chikwanda, Freddy Mahupere (all 35), Tonderai Gomana (39) were arrested on Monday following a tip-off.
It is the state’s case that the accused officers hatched a plan to extort business operators in Lower Gweru who were operating during the lockdown or without licences.
Gweru Provincial Magistrate Mr Tayengwa Sangster on Tuesday said that it was worrying that the accused officers were still reporting for duty. He said:
Police officers working in the jurisdiction where complainants are doing business and continue to be, puts some doubts in terms of justice delivery in the witnesses’ eyes. Even if they see them patrolling, it leaves questions on the intention of the employer and I’m not sure what is happening in terms of their suspension.
Sangster remanded them out of custody to June 18 on $3 000 bail each also ordering them to reside at their given addresses and not to interfere with State witnesses.
The case comes when some have lost faith in the institution which is viewed as a symbol of corruption.
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