Drama: 4 cops arrested while collecting bribes at Gweru roadblock

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Four police officers manning a roadblock in Mtapa Suburb, Gweru, have been arrested by an Anti-Corruption team from Police General Headquarters after being caught red-handed soliciting bribes and hiding the money in a nearby bush.

In a leaked memo from Officer Commanding Gweru office directed to Officer Commanding Midlands Province, Snr Asst Comm Conneli Dube the four arrested are 056702G Sgt Gwadaura, 062 935G Cst Manatsa, 084821W, Cst Kachipitu and 067281F Cst Sithole.

According to the memo circumstances are that on the 10th of February 2019 at around 11:30 hours, a team of six members from Police General Headquarters Internal Investigations visited a roadblock site along Matobo road opposite Mtapa cemetery.

The team comprised the following Number 040111Y, Chief Inspector Ndlovu E, 984584Z Inspector Matimbe, 051529J, Assistant Inspector Kurewa, 985411Y Sergeant Munyoro, 063662X Sergeant Kasange and
073926D Constable Manduwi

The roadblock was being manned by number 056702G Sgt Gwadaura, 062 935G Cst Manatsa, 084821W, Cst Kachiputu , 067281F Cst Sithole 989372D Cst Matsetlo 078805G Cst Mahachi, and number 080407 Cst Mapasure all stationed at ZRP Mtapa.

The team parked their vehicle at an observation point where they had a clear view of what was transpiring at the roadblock.

During the process, they observed number 067281F Cst Sithole and number 062935G Cst Manatsa leaving the roadblock site into Mtapa cemetery where they started counting some money behind the durawall.

The PGHQ Internal Investigation team pounced on them and the two Constables fled from the site leaving behind a police cap STU and cash amounting to $36-00 bond coins which was picked by the Internal Investigations team and taken as exhibit.

At the roadblock site the PGHQ Internal Investigation team searched the other members before instructing number 084821W Cst Kachiputu and 989372D Cst Matsetlo to remove the roadblock drums. It is alleged that number 084821W Cst Kachiputu was observed throwing some money into the roadblock drum by number 063662X Sgt Kasange and 073926D Cst Manduwi.

The money was recovered from the drum and amounted to $27-00 in the following denominations:- 11x 2-00 bond notes, 4x $ 1-00 bond coins and 2x 50 cents bond coins.

The Internal Investigations team made an entry in the roadblock book as well as in the Charge Office Diary where they indicated that number 056702G Sgt Gwadaura was to be charged with contravening Paragraph 34 of the Police Act chapter 11:10 (Performing duty in an improper manner) emanating from the fact that he failed to supervise his subordinates.

Number 067281F Cst Sithole, number 062935G Cst Manatsa and 084821W Cst Kachiputu to be charged for contravening paragraph 35 of the police Act chapter 11:10 ( Acting in an unbecoming manner.)

Disciplinary action in respect of the defaulters is being taken and they are expected to appear before a disciplinary court soon as the arresting details have indicated that they will only be available for court after seven days since they had other assignments.

The full memo as it is…

OFFICER COMMANDING POLICE MIDLANDS PROVINCE
FROM : OFFICER COMMANDING POLICE GWERU URBAN DISTRICT
DATE : 10 FEBRUARY 2019
MEMO : TC /19

SUBJECT: ARREST OF NUMBER 056702G SGT GWADAURA, 062 935G CST MANATSA, 084821W, CST KACHIPUTU AND 067281F CST SITHOLE BY THE PGHQ ANTI CORRUPTION TEAM – ZRP MTAPA

This memorandum serves to put on record circumstances surrounding the arrest of the above mentioned members by the Police General Headquarters Anti corruption team on the 10th of February 2019 at around 1150 hours.

CIRCUMSTANCES
On the 10th of February 2019 at around 1130 hours, a team of six members from Police General Headquarters Internal Investigations visited a roadblock site along Matobo road opposite Mtapa cemetery. The team comprised the following:-
Number 040111Y Chief Inspector Ndlovu E.
984584Z Inspector Matimbe
051529J Assistant Inspector Kurewa
985411Y Sergeant Munyoro
063662X Sergeant Kasange and
073926D Constable Manduwi

The roadblock was being manned by number 056702G Sgt Gwadaura, 062 935G Cst Manatsa, 084821W, Cst Kachiputu , 067281F Cst Sithole 989372D Cst Matsetlo 078805G Cst Mahachi, and number 080407 Cst Mapasure all stationed at ZRP Monomotapa.
The team parked their vehicle at an observation point where they had a clear view of what was transpiring at the roadblock. During the process, they observed number 067281F Cst Sithole and number 062935G Cst Manatsa leaving the roadblock site into Mtapa cemetery where they started counting some money behind the durawall. The PGHQ Internal Investigation team pounced on them and the two Constables fled from the site leaving behind a police cap STU and cash amounting to $36-00 bond coins which was picked by the Internal Investigations team and taken as exhibit.

At the roadblock site the PGHQ Internal Investigation team searched the other members before instructing number 084821W Cst Kachiputu and 989372D Cst Matsetlo to remove the roadblock drums. It is alleged that number 084821W Cst Kachiputu was observed throwing some money into the roadblock drum by number 063662X Sgt Kasange and 073926D Cst Manduwi. The money was recovered from the drum and amounted to $27-00 in the following denominations:- 11x 2-00 bond notes, 4x $ 1-00 bond coins and 2x 50 cents bond coins.

The Internal Investigations team made an entry in the roadblock book as well as in the Charge Office Diary where they indicated that number 056702G Sgt Gwadaura was to be charged with contravening Paragraph 34 of the Police Act chapter 11:10 (Performing duty in an improper manner) emanating from the fact that he failed to supervise his subordinates. Number 067281F Cst Sithole, number 062935G Cst Manatsa and 084821W Cst Kachiputu to be charged for contravening paragraph 35 of the police Act chapter 11:10 ( Acting in an unbecoming manner.)

Disciplinary action in respect of the defaulters is being taken and they are expected to appear before a disciplinary court soon as the arresting details have indicated that they will only be available for court after seven days since they had other assignments.

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