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CIO spies extort Chinese businessman; blame top cops

18/05/2017 00:00:00
by Court Reporter
 
 
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A CIO agent who landed in the dock after allegedly extorting $19,900 from a Chinese businessman told a Harare court Thursday that the shakedown was planned by top senior police officers.

Delish Nguwaya, who is charged together with other CIO agents Mbizo Mbereki Nyathi, Clever Gadzikwa and Vengai Zano, made the allegations while giving evidence supporting an application for referral of their case to the Constitutional Court.

According to prosecutors, Zano, Gadzikwa and Nguwaya visited the Chinese entrepreneur on June 13 last year, at around 3pm. They presented themselves as a team comprising members of the CID, President’s Office and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and reportedly advised him that they wanted to check his company’s documents.

It is alleged they took $19,900 from the complainant, who believed the suspects were on a government-sanctioned operation and decided not to report the matter.

However, on August 17, the complainant reported the case after discovering that suspects were not on duty when they took the money from him.

But testifying in court Thursday, Nguwaya claimed that ZRP Chief Superintendent Nyaradzai Majachani and Superintendent Shepherd Tachiona planned the extortion.

“The plot started in Superintendent Tachiona’s office. I had received a call from an informer on June 12 last year.

“The informer told me that there was a Chinese national who is not banking his daily takings, ill-treating workers and had employed an expatriate engineer without proper documentation,” he said.

Represented by Harare lawyer Jonathan Samukange, the spy said, after receiving the information, he passed it on to Tachiona who then recruited Gadzikwa, Zano, Madzorera and one Andrew to carry out investigations at the Chinese businessman’s factory.

Continuing, he claimed that Tachiona later arrived at the factory and pretended not to know them.

“Tachiona then took the Chinese businessman to another room where he wanted to speak in private. Upon his return, he told us that the businessman was pleading and they should not go ahead with the investigations,” Nguwaya said.

“Tachiona later emerged from the office holding a khakhi envelope and told Gadzikwa that he had been given $5,000, adding that he had initially asked for $8,000.



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“Tachiona then surrendered the envelope to Gadzikwa as though not interested in it.”

Court heard that the party later proceeded to Harare Central Police Station where they shared the loot with Chief Superintendent Majachani.

Nguwaya insists that it is not fair that his accomplices were never implicated.

"It has now dawned on me that Tachiona, Gadzikwa, Mrs Majachani and the three CIO officers acted in cahoots since Frank was never investigated for the offences and that the actions of Tachiona speak volumes of his unbecoming conduct.

“He was not on duty but went on to meddle in this case," he said.

Magistrate Themba Kuwanda is presiding over the case while Michael Reza is prosecuting.

The case was postponed to Friday for continuation.


 
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