ZRP probes officers linked to arrested CID boss

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Staff Writer

Several senior police officers are under probe after they were allegedly linked to Criminal Investigations Department director Commissioner Chrispen Charumbira who is currently out on bail facing charges of defeating the course of justice, criminal abuse of office and fraud.

A leaked document with the list of the officers includes names such as Assistant Commissioner Jealous Nyabasa, Chief Superintendent Xumalo, Chief Superintendent Chakabva and Superintendent Dafana the officer-in-charge (Property).

Also under probe are Detective Assistant Inspector Musekiwa (AFU), Vero of Vehicle Theft Squad, Detective Inspector Kawaza – officer-in-charge (traffic), Sergeant Major Chirova, Nhokwara (VTS), Detective Constable Milanzi, Detective Constable Chifamba, Detective Constable Padzakashamba, Detective Constable Kundizeza, Detective Constable Mahlaka and Detective Constable Mufandaedza Ballistics.

The police details are accused of interfering with investigations in Charumbira’s case.

According to sources, Charumbira’s arrest has brought panic in his camp and his sympathizers are making frantic efforts to assist him.

“A lot of money has been raised by the group and was given to his lawyers to incentivise the judiciary. He also called high ranking Zanu-PF and government officials to try to influence his release from custody,” the sources said.

The sources said some police officers who were working closely with Charumbira visited him at Rhodesville Police Station where he was detained without the knowledge of the investigating officers.

Contacted for a comment, police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was not aware of the probe and will look into the issue.

Charumbira was arrested on 24 September 2020 on allegations of accepting protection money from drug and gold dealers to stop criminal investigations.

He was arrested by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) after seven of his junior officers alleged he had been interfering with their duties by protecting drug and gold dealers after accepting bundles of US dollars in protection money.

Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa recently denied Charumbira bail before the CID boss was set free on $10 000 bail by the High Court.

Advocate Sylvester Hashiti instructed by Mr Tabison Bvekwa successfully applied for bail at the High Court with Justice Pisirayi Kwenda allowing Charumbira’s application for bail saying the State had failed to establish compelling reasons to deny him bail.

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