HARARE – Two Harare Central Police Station officers have been charged for allegedly conniving with the MDC to get a copy of the nominal voters’ roll of all recruited police officers.
It is alleged that Tendayi Gift Munyisa, 30, and Victor Jaja, 39, received a $1 600 bribe to furnish the political party with the documents.
The duo, were arraigned before magistrate Anita Tshuma who remanded them to August 14 for trial on $50 bail.
They are being charged with causing disaffection in the police force under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Allegations are that on July 9, Munyisa allegedly made a phone call to Sergeant Shepherd Muringani who is stationed at Morris Depot, asking to meet him as he had an urgent matter to discuss.
It is the State’s case that on the same day, Munyisa and Muringani met at the main entrance to Morris Depot and proceeded to the corner of Baines Avenue and 9th Street.
As they were parked there, Munyisa allegedly said to his colleague: “Muringani, there is a deal which can result in being beheaded, you see this vehicle, I have been sent by a certain police officer who has sent me. A soft copy of the nominal roll of all the recruits who have registered as voters from May 2013 up to date is required.”
The court heard that Muringani was told that the information was needed by MDC officials and $1 600 was to be paid for the transaction.
Muringani, however, told Munyisa that he was not in a position to provide him with such official and sensitive information as it would go against police allegiance, loyalty and discipline.
After the meeting, Muringani later met Assistant Inspector Tevedzai Shonhai and narrated to him what he had been told by Munyisa, before reporting to Chief Superintendent Matumbe, who is in charge of training police recruits and administration.
Upon being interviewed by detectives, Munyisa implicated Jaja as the police officer who had sent him to obtain the nominal roll of recruits since he was once stationed at Morris Depot.