More cops nabbed for bribery


Two more police officers were arrested last Friday for allegedly receiving bribes as the net on corrupt police officers widens.

Last week, 21 traffic police officers throughout the country were arrested while others were suspended or dismissed for bribery.

Chakanetsa Samuel (37) and Julius Muruvi (38) from Kwekwe Central Police Station’s Law and Order Section were arrested outside a local supermarket after receiving a $400 bribe from Davis Muzenda in a trap set by a three-member police probe unit from Harare.

Samuel and Muruvi were yesterday granted $50 bail each after provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe ruled justice would not be hindered if they were awarded bail.

They were ordered to reside at their given addresses during the duration of the trial which is due to start on September 14.

Police sources also told NewsDay the two will appear before a disciplinary committee today at Kwekwe Central Police Station.

It is the State case that Chakanetsa called Muzenda on September 1 and threatened to arrest
him in connection with a matter in which he had allegedly pointed a firearm at an unnamed person unless Muzenda paid him $600.

Muzenda allegedly promised to pay the money the following day because he was in Harare.

Before travelling to Kwekwe, Muzenda reported the matter to Harare police headquarters and a trap was set.

Upon arriving in Kwekwe, Muzenda allegedly called Chakanetsa and the three met at a local supermarket where the latter was immediately arrested while receiving the bribe.

The police officers, through their lawyer Vengai Masvaya, applied for bail yesterday before provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe. The court remanded them in custody to September 8 for bail ruling.

Investigating officer Assistant Inspector Onwell Mudzamiri told the court the two had since been suspended from the force while investigations progressed.