Lovemore Kadzura Rusape Correspondent
THE police officer who was last week arrested for allegedly stealing donated to Cyclone Idai victims worth $10000 was granted bail by a Rusape magistrate. The magistrate Ms Patience Madondo granted Constable Edward Dhumukwa (32) bail.
Dhumukwa, who is stationed at Chikurubi Urban Support Unit in Harare, was granted $200 bail. Dhumukwa, who was represented by Mr Taurai Khupe of Khupe Law Chambers, was also ordered to report once after two weeks at the Chikurubi Police Station.
Prosecutor Ms Event Dhliwayo had vehemently opposed bail, but Mr Khupe successfully convinced the court that his client was a suitable candidate for bail. Ms Dhliwayo had told the court that Dhumukwa, with the aid of his two alleged accomplices who are not named in state papers, allegedly stole an assortment of goods meant for Cyclone victims and loaded them into a Harare-bound an Inter Africa bus.
“The accused is a serving member of the Zimbabwe Republic Police stationed at Chikurubi Urban Support Unit, and is currently deployed at Silver Streams in Chimanimani on the Cyclone Idai relief programme.
“Between April 1 and 3, 2019 Dhumukwa with his two accomplices who are still at large and doing the same duties, stole the commodities they were guarding, which was destined for Cyclone Idai victims. He took advantage of his superiors’ absence to steal.
“The accused loaded the stolen goods into a commuter omnibus to Gombati Bus Stop where he boarded an Inter Africa Bus which was enroute to Harare. He was intercepted at Rusape tollgate after a tip off.
“Total value stolen is $10 000 and the recovered goods are valued at $5 700,” said Ms Dhliwayo.
Ms Madondo rolled the matter to April 29, 2019 for routine remand.