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Fake traffic cop jailed for 5 months


A 27-YEAR-OLD Seke man who impersonated a police officer and “arrested” a kombi driver for dangerous parking has been sentenced to a five-month jail term.

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Bezel Gwatura, from Vhera village under Chief Seke, was sentenced on his own plea of guilty to impersonation when he appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Lazarus Murendo last week.

Gwatura told the court that he committed the offence because he was unemployed and wanted to raise money to take care of his three epileptic brothers.

The court heard that on January 4 this year at around 1330 hours, Gwatura “arrested” Chamunorwa Mupandawana, a commuter omnibus driver, for dropping passengers at an undesignated site at Makoni shopping centre.

Gwatura got into the commuter omnibus and produced a stolen Zimbabwe Republic Police identity card and told the kombi driver that he was under arrest for dangerous parking.

He ordered the driver to drop all the passengers and proceed to Chitungwiza Police Station.

However, his luck soon ran out after one of the passengers, Billy Mutenga, who happened to be a genuine police officer, confronted Gwatura and demanded to see the identity card.

Mutenga inspected the card and discovered that it was a stolen document. He then took Gwatura to the police station, leading to his arrest.

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