8 kombi drivers sentenced six months 

Source: 8 kombi drivers sentenced six months – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
EIGHT commuter omnibus conductors who were arrested over the weekend for trying to bribe traffic police by paying them amounts ranging from US$2 to US$5 were sentenced to six months in prison by Harare magistrate Noticia Shenge.

The conductors, Hamphry Midzi (22), Godknows Nyawata (24), Abisha Kamwaya (28), Tinotenda Matuvha (23), Bothwell Jack (18), Tadiwa Webster Homotso (19), Tinotenda Bhudala (19) and Raphael Zinyama (33) had their 12 year sentences suspended to six months on condition that they do not commit the same offences in five years.

They will therefore serve effective six month jail terms.

In passing sentence, Shenje said she took note that bribery offences were on the rise, adding that the court does not condone corruption.

“The court is of the view that a deterrent sentence in the form of a custodial sentence will send a clear message to would be offenders and that bribing police officers is a serious offence,” Shenje said.

The court also heard that the convicts were employed by different transport operators in Harare.

On June 16 this year at around 8am, their buses were stopped at police roadblocks around Harare.

The convicts disembarked from their buses and approached police officers and gave them varying amount of United States dollars from US$2 to US$5 as bribe money for free passage at road blocks.

This led to their arrests.

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    MILES R ANDERSON 6 days ago

    And as always the person in the street suffers, while the true heads of corruption strut their stuff at the Commonwealth Conference and GCHQ.
    When are Zimbabweans going to take to the streets and risk life and limb to say enough is enough or better still vote the scum out? To hear black Zimbabweans say things were better under Smith is quite awful to hear and shows just what a dilapidated state this country is in. ‘Maitiro Chinja’ or doesn’t anyone remember?