‘Cop bashed for demanding $15 bribe

A HARARE Central Police Station-based traffic officer was bashed by a commuter omnibus conductor after demanding $15 as a bribe to facilitate free passage.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

This was heard when Clayton Manyora (23) appeared before Harare magistrate, Victoria Mashamba charged for the assault of the police officer, Innocent Mudambo, as well as touting.

Manyora was convicted and sentenced to a wholly-suspended six month jail term.

He will serve 210 hours of community service at St Mary’s Police Station in Chitungwiza.

In his defence, Manyora told the court that he saw three police officers coming to his commuter omnibus holding batons and iron spikes.

He said two of the officers got into the bus and another one placed a spike in front of the vehicle.

He further told court that Madambo demanded $15 as a bribe from the driver, but was told the money was with the conductor.

He said he gave Madambo the money, before he asked for a receipt, but the officer declined.

Manyora told the court that he then demanded his money back and a scuffle ensued, leading to the fight.

According to the State, on July 11 this year at around 8pm, Manyora was touting for passengers at the Charge Office rank.

Upon arrest, Manyora struck Madambo on the face using open hands and ran away, but was arrested on the same day.

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12 Comments

  1. rova vanhu kana vasinganzwusise

  2. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    All this revolves around police leadership.The duty branch has become a disgraceful lot in the continent.Even its dressing is so pathetic,one would be forgiven for mistaking the police for mawobhos.Why is that its sister branch the support unit dresses perfectly well,is it under a different ministry or command structure?

  3. support unit is under the same structure but operates own its own just like CID

  4. Reportr is biased to suit his agenda. Kana akabirwa mari he should have reported the matter. How can take the accused person’s defence and draft ‘news’. poor journalism. OK why didn’t you give us the state case

    1. Have you not read or heard of cases where these bandits masquerading as police have asked victims of political violence to bring the perpetrators to the bandit station? I used to support and respect them, its over.

    2. Police must stop corruption. It is so shameful .

  5. The conductor was RIGHT. Why the f¥cking hell did that STUPID officer refuse to give the conductor the reciept?

  6. RECEIPT.

  7. Pythagoras. One-One.

    In absence of sufficient resources to pursue the truth, the validity of the question “What actually transpired?” normaly continues sine die. Until data processng revolution.

  8. They are always giving bribes to these officers for free passage with their unroadworthy kombis. Has he ever been issued wt a receipt for that? The conductor wanted to change the rules of the game and hes paying for it. The kombi crews and their owners are the chief culprits in this corruption disease, they d rather pay daily passage fees instead of following traffic rules and regulations causing accidents and deaths in the process. Lets not blame the police alone, the corruption game involves two parties. We can finish that if we stop ‘giving’ and making sure our cars are roadworthy and have all the papers and also being able to stand yo ground if they try to find a non existent fault on yo vehicle.

  9. Ha ha that was nothing

  10. Biased reporting from a biased editor. However this biased reporting doesnt stop Police & the Courts to do their duties.

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