Police officers in court over Ivory bribes

via Police officers in court over bribes The Standard by Richard Muponde October 6, 2013

A police boss from Serious Fraud Section in Harare and three of his subordinates on Friday appeared in court for allegedly taking a US$10 000 bribe from poachers who killed more than 95 elephants at the Hwange National Park using cyanide.

The bribe was allegedly meant to facilitate the release of a vehicle that was intercepted carrying ivory in Harare last year.

Detective assistant inspector, Alois Gakata and his subordinates, detective sergeant,Wellington Jena and detective constables, Shadreck Rore and Donald Dube were not asked to plead to fraud when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Gladmore Mushove on Friday.

They were all remanded in custody to Tuesday for bail ruling.

The detectives were sold out by Clever Khumalo (44), and Sipho Mafu (54), who are being charged with delivering, or offering toxic substances and illegally possessing ivory in contravention of the Parks and Wildlife Act and the Environmental Management Act.

Khumalo and Mafu are jointly charged with Sanelisiwe Dube of 15099 Nkulumane 12, who is still at large.

They were allegedly selling the ivory in Harare and South Africa.



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    mujibha 9 years ago

    Lets hope this is the start to end corruption. I hope those detectives r also going to drag chihuri into this. Then chihuri will also drag minister of tourism. Niceone

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    Kalusha 9 years ago

    Cid and traffic guys are the most corrupt sections of zrp,look at what they own most of them,you might think they live in another zimbabwe

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    Anti-crime 9 years ago

    Wash away this chaff, filthy pigs. These thugs must not even go for court trial, just nail them on the cross together with Chihuri as he is both a conspiracy and accessory after the fact in this matter. Crush them all.

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    Jrr56 9 years ago

    A couple of cops are just scape goats to a much larger conspiracy. Those at the top are unfortunately untouchable

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    Hatidzokeko 9 years ago

    Don’t read too much into the arrests…the disappearance of the case docket is only a matter of time. This is Zimbabwe.

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    Torai hupfumi 9 years ago

    Very unluck, and how often were you doing this evil things. Surely hamumyare here kutita panyaya iri pachena kudaro yokuti even a grade one pipils anoda kuziva kuti zvakafamba sei. ko kuzoti dzakavanzika maita sei. Garai henyu nzvimbo tsvene

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    Magoo 9 years ago

    How credible is that witness (Khumalo)coz arikuda kuti a nzvenge mhosva yake yekutiza police. Is there any proof on this case? I am made to understand that the investigating officer failed to convince the court with all his submissions. ITS JUST THAT THESE cops are just scape goats to a much larger conspiracy. THESE GUYS ARE JUST SUFFERING FOR WHAT THEY DID NOT DO. THEY ARE BEING PERSECUTED FOR NOTHING.