Police officer steals 10 rifles
20 September 2017
A 46-year-old police officer has been nabbed for allegedly stealing 10 riffles with rounds of ammunition from the National Armoury at Morris Deport in Harare.
Alouis Mabika reportedly sold the firearms to Obait Shumba in Gokwe who is a poacher.
Mabika was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Elisha Singano charged with theft.
The State opposed bail arguing that Mabika is a police officer who is very privy with the legal system and he might interfere with the witnesses.
Through his defence counsel, Mabika also argued that the state is basing their argument on implications with no evidence.
Magistrate Singano granted Mabika US$200 bail and remanded the matter to October 12.
Allegations are that, between 2009 and 2016, at National Armoury, Morris Deport, Harare, Mabika, who is sergeant in the police force was attached at the National Armoury and he hatched a plan to steal firearms.
It is alleged that during this period, Mabika stole 10 riffles with rounds of ammunition and sold them to Obait Shumba in Gokwe who is a poacher.
Shumba who was apprehended a few days ago by the police implicated Mabika after he was found in possession of an AK riffle without a licence.
Shumba reportedly told the police that he bought the riffle from Mabika.