Senior Police Officer Arrested For Trying To Protect Four Colleagues
Police officer commanding Mashonaland West province, Commissioner Coneli Dube, has been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Unit (ZACC) on allegations of obstructing the course of justice.
He is accused of trying to protect four Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers, Detective Assistant Inspector Moses Million, Detective Assistant Inspector Newton Musende, Detective Sergeant Never Muchekawaya and Detective Constable Justice Mapfanya who are facing charges of extorting money from one Washington Ongorani.
Dube allegedly withheld the criminal docket for the four, thereby contravening Section 184 (1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23.
He appeared before Mashonaland West provincial magistrate, Ms Ruth Moyo for initial remand.
Prosecutor Ms Teveraishe Zinyemba told the court that Dube committed the offence on February 13 this year, when he allegedly withheld the docket under ZRP Chinhoyi Central CR 48/02/21.
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The docket had been prepared by Chief Inspector Elymas Silivani.
The court further heard that on March 12, 2021, a public prosecutor, Ms Gutu, returned the docket to the police station with instructions for the investigating officer to return the docket on March 19, 2021.
Dube instructed one Superintendent Ruwanda to bring the docket to his office before ordering him to ignore the instruction of the public prosecutor.
Dube is also said to have ordered Superintendent Ruwanda to lock away the docket in the district office’s safe until further instructions.
When Dube was approached by the then Officer Commanding Makonde District, Chief Superintendent Elliot Magomo over the matter, he allegedly claimed that it was a directive from a higher office.
He was remanded in custody after ZACC successfully opposed his bid to be granted bail saying he was a flight risk and was likely to interfere with witnesses.
More: The Herald