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Ex-cop fined $300 for masquerading as a detective

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AN ex-police officer, who was based in Bulawayo before he deserted the force with a police identity card, which he used to masquerade as a detective in Beitbridge, has been ordered to pay a $300 fine.

BY SILAS NKALA

Moris Mafa Moyo (39), now based at the border town, pleaded guilty to the charge of impersonation when he appeared before Beitbridge magistrate, Langton Mkwengi on Wednesday. The magistrate convicted and sentenced him to 90 days in jail with an option of a $300 fine.

Prosecutor, Munyonga Kuvarega told the court that Moyo was an assistant inspector stationed at Hillside Police Station and deserted the force, but kept his identity particulars.

On January 30 at 1am, detectives in Beitbridge were tipped off that there were people masquerading as detectives at the border post. Acting on the information, the detectives went to the border post and confronted Moyo, who was with Johannes Ndlovu. He identified himself to the detectives as a police officer before producing the police ID.

Moyo also lied to the detectives to cover up for Ndlovu, who was at a protected place without documents authorising him.

Verification was made with the Minerals and Border Controls Unit, who disowned Moyo. Authorities also verified with Moyo’s last work station and it was ascertained that he was discharged in November 2016 after deserting in August last year.

This led to his arrest and he was charged with supplying false information and impersonation.

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