Two ZNA officers nabbed for extortion, accomplice cop on the run

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Lloyd Ndemo

Two Zimbabwe National Army officers and a civilian were on Monday evening arrested for extortion while a police officer under the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Victim Friendly Unit managed to evade arrest and is on the run.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said he was yet to receive the report.

“I’m currently driving and l am yet to receive the memo.”

However a police source said the arrest happened on Monday evening when suspects were spotted at Siphilanzima shopping centre in Bulawayo.

“The suspects, Valentine Mutswili and Cuthbert Mutari  are both  members of the army and are stationed at ZRP Tshabalala, Bulawayo on Covid-19 operations and the other suspect who is on the run is a police officer under the Victim Friendly Unit, while the fourth suspect is a civilian and husband to the  police officer.”

It is alleged that the suspects, armed with two AK-47 assault rifles stormed Mr Shadreck Mbambo’s home at village A, Hope Fountain in Bulawayo, where they introduced themselves as members of the security forces who were on an operation code named “No To Illegal Mining” and accused the complainant of keeping gold in his house.

Acting under compulsion and fear, the complainant gave the suspects USD100 and they left him before they were spotted at a nearby shopping centre where detectives from CID pounced on them and quickly disarmed and subsequently arrested them.

Efforts to get a comment from National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi were fruitless as he said he was not in the office.