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By Nyore Madzianike / Published on Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 17:19 PM / No Comments / 739 views

3 January 2016


A POLICE detective stationed at CID Chivhu was arrested on accusations of demanding a bribe from a person he had taken to court on kidnapping charges for him to withdraw the matter.

Cephas Munyamana appeared at the Harare magistrates’ court facing criminal abuse of duty as public officer charges.

He was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who remanded him to January 13 for routine remand.

Circumstances leading to the 30-year-old detective’s arrest are that on November 17 last year, he was among the police officers manning a roadblock along Harare-Masvingo road.

On the same day, Munyamana and Constable Chakwenha were reportedly kidnapped by Willis Mhandu who they later arrested.

Reports are that they took Mhandu to Chivhu magistrates’ court where he appeared on summons.

Sometime last month, Munyamana and Chakwenha met Mhandu’s in-law, Harold Tokwe, and demanded US$80 for them to drop the kidnapping charges.

On December 29 last year, Chakwenha is said to have called Tokwe and advised him to hand over the money to Munyamana who was travelling to Harare.

Tokwe went to lodge a complaint with PGHQ Internal Investigations and set a trap.

Munyamana went to meet with Tokwe, who was in the company of other detectives, at Roadport Bus Terminus where he was subsequently arrested after receiving the trap money.

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