Drama as prosecutor arrested for bribery

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A Harare Magistrates’ Court prosecutor, Moffat Makuvatsine, was yesterday picked up by members of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a drama-filled arrest at the Rotten Row courthouse for allegedly receiving a $500 bribe to release a suspect.

A well-placed source within the ACC said Makuvatsine tried to resist arrest and fellow prosecutors, who were apparently in the dark of what was happening, tried to rescue their colleague from the plainclothes ACC agents.

“It took quite a strong fight to arrest the prosecutor and one of our officers was injured in the scuffle as the man was resisting arrest,” our source said. A prosecutor who witnessed the incident confirmed Makuvatsine’s dramatic arrest, but declined to be identified.

“Yes, a prosecutor was picked up today (yesterday), but I do not have the facts,” the prosecutor said.

Makuvatsine was arrested after he allegedly solicited and received a bribe from a woman whose husband was in custody for an undisclosed crime.

The woman allegedly reported the prosecutor’s intention to the ACC, who then set a trap and arrested Makuvatsine after