A Police constable stationed at Avondale Police Station Traffic section was arrested for unlawfully receiving US$13 at a roadblock along Lomagundi Road in Harare.
The rogue cop, Robert Sithole, was challenged and apprehended by his fellow workmates who spotted him stashing some money in the grass on the roadside, a behaviour inconsistent to assigned duties and conduct and raising suspicion among his fellow officers on the roadblock site.
He was immediately arraigned to the Harare Rotten Row Courts where he stood before Magistrate Batanai Madzingira charged with criminal abuse of office as a public officer.
The State, represented by Progress Maringamoyo, had it that on December 20 at around 0800 hours, Sithole was deployed along Lomagundi Road along with eight other Police Officers including two officers from the Zimbabwe National Army.
It was said that Sithole was assigned to stop vehicles and receipt tickets to traffic rules offenders. He was also tasked to account for the money he would have received for the fines.
It was alleged during the course of their duties, Sergeant Chikwadze and Corporal Chimutashua reportedly observed Constable Sithole collecting money from motorists without issuing some receipts.
It was also alleged that he was seen making several movements from the roadblock going to the grass which was on the roadside.
Sergeant Mudzingwa who was the member in charge at the roadblock reportedly questioned Sithole over his movements.
The court also heard that Sgt Mudzingwa also instructed the other two cops to search in the grass and the ops founds US$13 hidden in the grass.
It was said that Cst Sithole denied ever hiding the money in the grass.