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fights police mafia
Tendai Kamhungira and Xolisani Ncube, Daily News
October 14, 2013
Augustine Chihuri has stepped in to rein in corrupt top police officers
who had created Mafia-style operations to dupe people of their money
and property, a high-level source told the Daily News yesterday.
The move comes
after a police commissioner, Oliver Chibage, was fired last week
amid a litany of allegations levelled against him by different people.
the Daily News are that at least three other commissioners could
be forced to resign amid shocking details that they were using Chihuri’s
name to conduct corrupt activities, including protecting criminals.
below the rank of commissioner like chief superintendents could
also be netted in Chihuri’s probe. The Daily News has also
been told that the targeted officers are hatching a plan to soil
Chihuri’s name in a desperate bid to stop him from moving
in on the corrupt officers.
Said the police
source: “The nation pins its hopes on the man whose name was
being soiled behind his back. He has shown courage to deal with
corruption in his own office. However, there is growing fear from
within that the rogue elements in the police force will try and
besmirch their boss’ name by trying to implicate him here
and there as a strategy to distract society from the real culprits
and police and society must not buy into that.”
the culprits now want to drag the police chief only after they have
been caught with their hands in the cookie jar? We say no to such
one of the few security details seconded by government to sit on
the board of Anjin - one of the mining firms exploiting
the country’s diamonds in Chiadzwa.
In the wake
of Chibage’s forced resignation, sources claim Chihuri has
ordered the investigation of a litany of corrupt deals involving
senior officers using the commissioner-general’s name to fleece
people and companies of their money.
This comes as
a Harare man, Mugove Kufa, has also taken aim at Chibage, demanding
over $400 000 in loss of business after the ex-top cop allegedly
sanctioned an “illegal seizure” of his business truck.
court papers filed at the High Court, Kufa, who operates a transport
company in Harare, says Chibage ordered his subordinates to impound
and unlawfully detain his Nissan UD truck for seven days.
seen by the Daily News show that two drivers employed by Kufa were
stopped at a roadblock along Mutare Road.
were detected on their vehicle and upon being questioned, they claimed
that the vehicle belonged to Chibage, a fact which later turned
out to be false.
a $50 000 defamation lawsuit against the drivers (Edward Tirivafi
and Louis Kufa) and the owner of the business.
In his response
to Kufa’s demands, Chibage said the use of his name by the
two drivers was “a threat to national security, hence police
officers were correct to impound the truck for further investigations”.
latest development, Chibage’s case took a dramatic turn after
a Harare couple last week sensationally claimed that the he abused
office together with his top lieutenants in what they alleged was
a relentless drive to illegally seize their investments.
The couple claims
Chibage, chief superintendent Joel Tenderere and a retired army
major Chademana waged a battle to ensure their removal from Outdoor
Living Centre, a stone and slate miners and purveyors in Msasa.
her company Prisgate Trading, operated Outdoor Living Centre in
Msasa, at premises she had been leasing from a white couple, Terry
and Lorna Rhodes.
In a detailed
October 4, 2013 report to Chihuri, Shekede claimed that the police
officers were harassing her to the extent of setting up criminal
gangs to harass her.
Tenderere and their gang have deployed several criminals who are
illegally occupying my residence, thus making it impossible and
unsafe to live there for me and the children,” Shekede claims
in the detailed report to Chihuri.
A close source
told the Daily News that Chihuri had to step in after several abuses
were reported, with claims that some of his subordinates were using
his name in conducting corrupt activities.
kind of this tough love that he recognised his officers and praised
them when they did a good job but also punished them when they did
not,” said another top police source, speaking on condition
is actually delivering, in his efforts to root out corruption.
recently been giving these sort of motivational kind of evangelical
speeches to them, telling everyone that you have to be an honest
policeman and your life will be easier.”
One of the cases
said to be under probe involves large quantities of cement purchased
at concessionary rates in Chihuri’s name but it turned out
that the consignment was for one of his subordinates.
The racket was
reportedly busted by Chihuri himself when one of the truckloads
of cement was “mistakenly” delivered at his house, only
to emerge that it belonged to another police officer.
went to the commissioner-general’s home and it was his name
which was on the invoice but the people at the house raised the
police boss inquiring if he had ordered any cement.
was when the case exploded because Chihuri reportedly expressed
ignorance on the origins of the cement and immediately became curious
to investigate because he suspected there was a scam brewing,”
said a senior police source.
sources in the police force yesterday told the Daily News that Chihuri
has vowed to leave no stone unturned in combating these corrupt
The source said
Chihuri was furious that his subordinates were using his name to
conduct corrupt activities.
that huge sums of money exchanged hands, well-placed sources told
the Daily News that the move to root out these corrupt activities
was also necessitated by allegations of a stolen car that ended
up in the hands of a police commissioner.
also got wind of it and has directed his deputies to investigate.
The other case involves a company which supplied sub-standard uniforms
to the police which a senior police officer reportedly influenced
to have it awarded the tender. There are other cases which will
come out in the open soon,” the source added.
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