D-day for corrupt officers

Local magistrate Phatekile Msipa will today deliver his sentence for two police officers convicted of corruption.

The officers, Jefrey Ngiza (29) and Ngobile Mangena (29), have been in custody at Hwahwa Remand prison since May 10 when their bail was revoked by the magistrate.

It had been proven in court that the two had intentionally interfered with witnesses through threats of unspecified action if they presented evidence of their crime in court.

Allegations against the two as presented by prosecutor Andrew Marimo are that on August 30, 2010, the two police officers arrested Regiment Mugonero for allegedly stealing80 bales of cotton in Gokwe.

Instead of having him charged for theft, the pair allegedly demanded$3 000 to facilitate his release from police custody and stop the arrest of his accomplices. Mugonero allegedly paid them $1 500.

The matter came to light after the suspects kept demanding payment of the balance, forcing Mugonero to deposit $250 into Ngiza’s Ecocash account in February this year.

Mugonero later reported the matter to police, leading to the pair’s arrest.

The two through their lawyer Evidence Gonese had earlier denied the charge saying they were framed.

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