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Anesushe Mamhute

CHIREDZI
- Two Chiredzi Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers have appeared before Chiredzi magistrate Geraldine Mutsotso facing charges of corruption after allegedly taking US$302 in bribes from the driver of a Mercedes Benz sprinter.
The complainant is Samuel Moyo who resides in Dulibadzimu, Beitbridge.
The accused, who were represented by Norman Mugiya, argued that the complainant should also be charged for corruption as he has admitted to paying the alleged bribe.
According to the State papers, Tenson Chipembere and Cleopas Nhamburo, who both reside in the Chiredzi ZRP police camp, stopped the motor vehicle which was carrying various grocery items at Chisase business centre.
The incident happened on October 30, 2016 along the Ngundu - Chiredzi Road.
They requested the driver, Doge Patsikwa, to produce declaration papers but were not satisfied, leading them to demand that the vehicle be driven by a police officer to Chiredzi Police Station for further 'investigations'.
The complainant revealed that he had previously been made to deposit money into EcoCash accounts of the accused persons who had consistently been impounding his vehicle to force him to pay bribes.
He went on to supply account numbers where he was previously made to deposit the money
The court also heard that a warrant for search and seizure was done and forwarded to Econet Wireless Zimbabwe for a printout of the transactions that totaled some US$302.
The two were remanded out of custody and will make another appearance on November 27 for continuation of trial.
Chiedza Muhwandawake appeared for the State.local

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