MBEMBESI — A Harare man who allegedly made false claims that the car he was driving belonged to Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri when he was stopped at a roadblock in Mbembesi recently has been charged with impersonation.
According to court papers gleaned by our sister paper Southern Eye yesterday, Edward Baira (41), who is employed by Pure Gold Housing Trust situated at Railway Building in Harare, is to appear before the Mbembesi Circuit Court on January 8 for plea recording following his arrest.
This was after Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove recently stood down the case advising that Baira be placed on remand on the impersonation charge.
She said Baira was wrongly charged with fraud and that the State should properly charge him.
Allegations against Baira are that on November 16 at around 10:30am he was driving a Mercedes-Benz, registration number ACN 1495, towards Gweru when he was stopped by officers from Mbembesi Police Station at the 121km peg along the Gweru-Bulawayo Highway.
It is alleged that when he was stopped, he immediately lied that the vehicle he was driving belonged to Chihuri, prompting the police officers to let him go without further questions.
They later discovered that the vehicle in question did not in fact belong to Chihuri, but to Pure Gold Housing Trust and they facilitated his arrest.
His alleged motive is yet to be established.