Officer ‘helped to rob me’ (01-03-07

By Bayethe Zitha
BULAWAYO - A police assistant commissioner has been accused of corruptly intervening in a marital dispute between a Zimbabwean woman and her Australian-born husband.
Kudzai Machokoto (25) of Mpopoma high-density suburb, who is now trying to divorce Geoffrey Brian Rievaulx (49)

, has accused Assistant Commissioner Crowd Chirenje of ganging up with her estranged husband (a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe branch manager for Bulawayo and a city businessman) to defraud her of more than Z$6m.
Machokoto married Rievaulx in Tasmania, Australia in January last year and the couple relocated to Zimbabwe eight months later.
Machokoto, a qualified nurse who has worked in South Africa and Australia, accuses the senior police officer of threatening her with unspecified action and calling her a prostitute.
The couple had decided to sell one of their two cars, a Vauxhall Astra, through a local car dealer, Mr Shah of Shah Car Sales. The couple fell out and, when the car was sold, Machokoto found “Mr Shah connived with my husband to give him the money and sideline me.”
Upon learning of this, Machokoto rushed to the garage in the company of two police officers from Bulawayo Central police station, who witnessed her receiving a Merchant Bank of Central Africa cheque for Z$6 458 000 from Shah.
Machokoto banked the cheque in her Zimbank account on October 31, 2006. She alleges that Shah immediately phoned the assistant commissioner and told him what had happened. Chirenje demanded she come to his office at the Bulawayo provincial police headquarters in Ross Camp.
“When I got there, Chirenje was very angry with me – as if I had stolen something from him! He insulted me with words that I cannot repeat to you and said that I should leave his friends alone as I was just a prostitute like many other Zimbabwean women.
“He then demanded that I should give him the cheque. When I told him that I had deposited it in my account, he picked up the phone and called the RBZ’s Bulawayo branch and told the branch manager to stop the cheque,” said Machokoto.
Chirenje refuted the allegations this week, saying Machokoto was just one of his many sworn enemies trying to get him.

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