Cops in soup over protection fees

Two Mutare Central Police Station detectives have been arrested on charges of collecting bribes from illegal second-hand clothes dealers as protection fees.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Collen Taruvinga and Adwell Muvangwa, who are facing criminal abuse of office charges, appeared before Mutare magistrate Lazarus Murendo yesterday, who granted them $100 bail each and remanded them to September 7.

They were told to continue residing at their given addresses and to report three times at Mutare Central Police Station every week.

The duo, who are refusing the allegations, are being represented by Mutare lawyer Farai Matinhure.

Prosecuting, Fletcher Karombe told the court that the two accused persons sometime this month reportedly demanded cash from seven informants, who were found in possession of second-hand bales of clothes from Mozambique.

Taruvinga and Muvangwa were reportedly given $220 by the informants at their residential places and left without arresting the offenders and recovering the goods.

The court heard that one of informants made a police report, as he was not happy with the duo’s continued behaviour.

Karombe told the court that on August 24, the accused proceeded to the complainant’s workplaces so that they could liase with them to withdraw the case, which led to their arrest.

The two were already aware that a police report had been made.

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