HARARE – An Inyathi policeman has been arraigned before a Bulawayo magistrate on charges of extortion and possession of mbanje.
Tinei Munashe Moyo, 22, is denying the charges.
Magistrate Crispen Mberewere remanded him out of custody until June 6 when he returns to court.
Prosecutor Jeremiah Mutsindikwa on Wednesday told the court that on December 13, 2011 at Kenilworth Police Base in Inyathi, Moyo was found in possession of 25 grammes of prepared mbanje in his bag.
Moyo allegedly lied that the mbanje was to be used as an exhibit in a court case which he did not specify. He also claimed a workmate only identified as Constable Sirakalala had asked him to keep the drug safe in his bag, the court heard.
After further investigations by other policemen, it emerged that Moyo had lied about the mbanje, while Sirakalala denied any knowledge of the drug.
The court also heard that on 15 July last year, Moyo was given a task to investigate one Talisman Ngwenya whom he later arrested. The court heard that Moyo demanded a $50 bribe to release Ngwenya.
Moyo allegedly received half the money from Ngwenya’s relative Samukeliso Ndlovu and collected the balance of $25 from one Danisa Tshabalala who had been given the money bythe suspect’s mother, Margaret.
Things turned nasty when Moyo took emergency leave from work. The court heard that in Moyo’s absence, the docket was processed by other police officers and a warrant of arrest was issued against Ngwenya.
A complaint by Ngwenya led to Moyo’s arrest.