MWENEZI – A police detective with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is in trouble with the law after he allegedly accepted a bribe from two suspects who had been caught with fake money, TellZim News has learnt.
When contacted for comment, Masvingo provincial police acting spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said he had not yet received the report.
Reliable sources, however, confirmed that the detective (name supplied) was under investigation and a criminal case had already been opened against him.
Vandirai Mhoya and Pressmore Dziva from Rineti 8, village Sithole under Chief Neshuro are said to be now demanding their bribe money back from the detective.
They were arrested sometime in January this year after they reportedly used fake R1000 to buy beer at Gumbo Night Club at Rutenga growth point.
The two were later released but were arrested again last week in connection with a similar offence allegedly committed at Maranda Business Centre.
"Dziva and Mhoya claim that they paid the then investigating officer after they were arrested for their first offence in January. When the two suspects were arrested yet again, the detective didn't want to meet them, knowing too well their previous deal," said a source.
Other sources also claimed that the detective was indeed paid a big bribe to quash the case.
"He demanded a total of R10 000 to facilitate the release of Dziva and Mhoya so their families sold some cattle to raise the money. He was then paid R8 000 and he assured them that the case was now history.
"They were, however, surprised to hear that the case was still pending and that the two still had a case to answer. They now are demanding that he should pay back the money," said a close source.local