Thieving Senior Police Officer Arrested, Charged
Gweru- A Gweru-based senior cop appeared in court on Wednesday for allegedly converting cattle destined for food at a police mess to his personal use.
Assistant Inspector Marowa Nyamande, described in the court of law as a “Mess Manager” at Gweru Main Camp, was as part of his job tasked with procurement and issuing of food stuffs.
According to court papers, Nyamande embarked on bartering maize for beasts intended for beef at the police base.
Nyamande, however, allegedly took part of the grain bags in exchange for livestock which he converted to his own use.
The senior cop is facing six counts of corruptly covering up a transaction from a principal and his trial was deferred to June 24 after it was reported that his lawyer was unwell.
The court heard that sometime in July 2008, Nyamande took 11 50kg bags of maize meal to Lalapanzi and exchanged seven bags for a beast.
He is alleged to have taken the remaining four bags to Flavian Takavangei, and exchanged them for four goats that he kept for himself.
On August 5 2008 Nyamande again took ten 50kg bags of maize to Lalapanzi and bartered them for a beast which he again kept for himself.
The State further stated that on three different occasions in October 2008, he exchanged eight bags of maize for three beasts which he allegedly kept.
On December 28 2008 he allegedly converted (18) eighteen 50kg bags of maize to his personal use. The matter came to light when a whistle blower informed Nyamande’s superiors.