Saturday, September 18, 2021

Chivhu man demands back US$400 extorted from him by police

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CHIVHU – Four members of the police’s
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) here have found themselves in trouble
after a man from whom they extorted US$400 after accusing him of engaging in
illegal activities, wrote to the police boss demanding his money back.
Tafirei Mark Mandizha alleges that sometime in
January this year, police detectives approached his place of residence Northwood
looking for him but he was away in Harare.
Mandizha’s maid informed the detectives that her
boss was not home and would return the following day.
The four detectives only identified as Mazhambe,
Dondo, Mupazviripo and Nezanyuta returned the following morning and found
Mandizha back and allegedly searched his premises without a search warrant
accusing him of engaging in illicit deals.
Mandizha alleges that the search was characterized
by threats and harassments and was called outside his house by Mazhambe and
Dondo who demanded US$1 000 cash for them to stop investigating him.
Mandizha alleges that he told the detectives that he
only had US$100 but that offer was rejected before the detectives settled for
In a complaint letter dated February 04, 2020, and
addressed to the Officer in Charge Chivhu Police, Mandizha claims that after
paying the money, he was threatened with unspecified actions if the matter ever
came to light.
“My wife and I were harassed in front of our maid
and kids as one of the detectives was holding a gun. They searched everywhere
even in my cars saying that I was partaking in deals that give me a lot of
money and that their bosses had instructed them to launch the raid.  
“Dondo and Mazhambe, on behalf of others, demanded US$1
000 so they could leave me alone but I told them I did not have that money. After
more threats, I was terrified and told them that I only had US$100 but they
rejected it and pushed the figure to US$400. We had to go to town to my nephew
where I borrowed another US$300,” alleges Mandizha.
Contacted for comment, Mashonaland East provincial
police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza said he had not received the letter
but will make inquiries.

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