Senior police officer in bribe for transfer case

A SENIOR police officer based at Police General Headquarters (PGHQ) in Harare, yesterday appeared in court on criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly solicited for bribe money from a subordinate seeking to be deployed to the traffic section.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

Inspector Takawira Sagireta, who is the officer-in-charge (board) at PGHQ, was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Josephine Sande, who granted him $100 bail and remanded the matter to September 1 to facilitate further investigations.

Sagireta’s duties include convening a board of inquiry, suitability, desertion, general and trial for wayward police officers.

Allegations are that sometime in September last year, Sagireta approached Sergeant Sibongile Nyadundu, who is currently stationed at Mashonaland East ICT system administration, and advised her that he had the capacity to facilitate her transfer her to the Zimbabwe Republic Police national traffic section.

Sagireta allegedly demanded a bribe of $125 from Nyadundu for the promised favour.

On September 28 last year, Nyadundu’s husband, Tapiwa Munamato, who is a member of Zimbabwe National Army, made a mobile money transfer of $75 into Sagireta’s CABS Bank account.
The following day, Munamato allegedly made another transfer of $50 into Sagireta’s mobile wallet to bring the total to $125.

The State alleges Sagireta failed to facilitate Nyadundu’s transfer as promised, leading her husband to file a report at the Zimbabwe Ant-Corruption Commission (Zacc) in May this year.

On June 2, Zacc referred the matter to PGHQ for further investigations and later referred it to the Criminal Investigation Department’s Commercial Crimes Division, leading to Sagireta’s arrest.

Sebastian Mutizirwa is prosecuting for the case.

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4 Comments

  1. Now if the police is as corrupt as this who will police this country now?

    Corruption is sweet but viral.

  2. He endowed with powers to facilitate a transfer to the “ZRP ATM” section!!

  3. No wonder these guys in traffic section are so overzealous, if it was about duty why would you want to bribe to go to Traffic section. Seriously Chihuri must tell us what is so special about Traffic section, that people can be asked for bribes to be moved to traffic section.

  4. mazeru mandirahwe

    No wonder why most National Traffic Officers are driving vehicles nowadays.

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