INVESTIGATIONS into the incident in which a Beatrice girl allegedly picked up $2 000 a few metres from a police roadblock along the Harare-Masvingo highway continued on Tuesday.
BY TAPIWA ZIVIRA
Police summoned and questioned the girl’s mother, Tendai Nkonde at the National Traffic Police headquarters in Harare.
Although police are keeping a tight lid on the progress of the investigations Nkonde told NewsDay on Tuesday that she “was placed before a panel of four police officers, who were asking me to restate the circumstances surrounding the incident ” for several hours.
Nkonde said also present was one of the police officers who was at the roadblock on the day of the incident.
“There was quite a heated exchange when the roadblock cop continued to insist the money was not in the pit, but was just a few metres from the roadblock’ and had been dropped from the police vehicle by civilians who had been assigned by the police to wash the police car,” said Nkonde, “But I insisted that my daughter picked it from the rubbish pit.”
Nkonde also said the accused police officer, whose name could not be established, insisted the money in question was officially receipted money from road traffic fines.
Nodia and her father James Gozho are expected to testify today before the same panel.
The incident comes as National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba has publicly stated that the police force is weeding out corrupt elements within the force.
This follows a public outcry over the levels of corruption and bribe-seeking among traffic cops.