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Gun stealing cop trial begins

The trial of Alois Mabika(46), a police officer who reportedly stole 10 riffles with rounds of ammunition from the National Armoury at Morris Deport and sold them to poachers in Gokwe has kicked off.

State witness, Obiat Shumba of Gokwe revealed that sometime in 2010 he approached his brother Onias and indicated that he wanted to buy a gun. He claimed Onias only indicated that he can get it from Mabika who is a police officer but could not divulge any information concerning him. He told the court that Onias bought two x 3006 riffles from Mabika on his behalf for US$600.

Shumba also revealed that in 2012, he sourced some information to contact Mabika directly. After contacting him, he bought another AK47 riffle with two loaded magazines for US$350 which he (Shumba) sold to Stanley Musukuma for US$500. Mabika however denied the charges indicating that he does not know Shumba and he has never met him before.

Mabika was released on US$200 bail when he initially appeared in court charged with theft in September last year.
The State alleges that sometime between 2009 and 2016, at Morris Deport in Harare, Mabika, who is a sergeant in the police force was attached at the National Armoury and he hatched a plan to steal firearms.

It is alleged that during this period, Mabika stole 10 riffles with rounds of ammunition and sold them to Obiat Shumba in Gokwe who is a poacher. Shumba who was apprehended a few days ago by the police implicated Mabika after he was found in possession of an AK riffle without a licence. He reportedly told the police that he bought the riffle from Mabika.

Magistrate Tracy Muzondo deferred the matter to February 1 for trial continuation.

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