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Police officers in court over bribes

A police boss from Serious Fraud Section in Harare and three of his subordinates on Friday appeared in court for allegedly taking a US$10 000 bribe from poachers who killed more than 95 elephants at the Hwange National Park using cyanide.

BY RICHARD MUPONDE

The bribe was allegedly meant to facilitate the release of a vehicle that was intercepted carrying ivory in Harare last year.

Detective assistant inspector, Alois Gakata and his subordinates, detective sergeant,Wellington Jena and detective constables, Shadreck Rore and Donald Dube were not asked to plead to fraud when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Gladmore Mushove on Friday.

They were all remanded in custody to Tuesday for bail ruling.

The detectives were sold out by Clever Khumalo (44), and Sipho Mafu (54), who are being charged with delivering, or offering toxic substances and illegally possessing ivory in contravention of the Parks and Wildlife Act and the Environmental Management Act.

Khumalo and Mafu are jointly charged with Sanelisiwe Dube of 15099 Nkulumane 12, who is still at large.

They were allegedly selling the ivory in Harare and South Africa.

6 Responses to Police officers in court over bribes

  1. Menzi October 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    The most lenient sentence is 100 years in jail.

    • Changlong11 October 13, 2013 at 4:57 am #

      They are accomplices to poaching as well as taking bribes. There is more to the poisoning/ poaching scandal than meets the eye and we wait keenly to see how all events will unfold.

  2. Gutter Poet October 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    @Menzi- I have to agree. What I would like to know is the identity of the hand that rocks the cradle, so to speak.

  3. Mukorekore October 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    These are the elements that are not wanted in society. Therefore they must be locked away for a good period of time. I concur with my learned brother Menzi that 1oo years should be the minimum

  4. Pedzisai chikanza October 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    They is no evidence that they recieved that bribe,lets nt just hate these detectives for nothing.

  5. mafirakureva October 7, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    of coz we condone corruption.y ar the culprits releasing info of the the percieved bribe 14months later isnt it a way of fixing these officers.of coz ther ar 2sìdes of the coin bt we need answers from both sides the cops n the poachers y ddnt they report the case then?

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