Policeman takes cow as bribe

MASVINGO- A police officer based at Muchakata station was dragged before a Masvingo magistrate court on charges of receiving a heifer as a bribe from a man he had arrested for illegal possession of dagga.

He was also accused of confiscating the dagga for personal use. The court was told that Constable Chichester Vera, aged 24, teamed up with Constable Marira to go to village 12 at Mukorosi Resettlement scheme. While in the village the pair found five plants of mbanje at Edson Chimbiras house and arrested him for possession. It is reported that the two handcuffed Chirimbira and assaulted him, demanding a R4000 bribe for his freedom.

Chimbiras father succumbed to the demands and offered to pay a heifer. Vera and Murira later forced Chimbiria to sell the heifer to another villager, Simbarashe Shonhiwa, who operates butchery at Muchakata business centre. The two officers cleared the beast and received cash. Vera was represented by Charles Ndlouvu of Hwacha Legal Practitioners while Marira is still at large. The court heard that the clearance forms for the heifer were never found. Vera was remanded in custody to 22 February.

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