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ZRP top cop arrested for hiding smuggled goods

A POLICE inspector with the ZRP has been arrested for conniving with one of his subordinates to divert two vehicles from offloading smuggled goods inside the Beitbridge Border Post.

Inspector Elias Mawomba (47) and his subordinate Dickson Siakwimbi are deployed to Beitbridge to conduct security and anti-smuggling duties to the country’s border with South Africa under operation “No to Crossboder Crimes.’’

The two men were assigned by their commanders to escort two vehicles carrying an assortment of smuggled goods to the border.

The vehicles had been intercepted along the Limpopo River, soon after smuggling goods from South Africa.

Mawomba of the ZRP Support Unit Mike Troops Buchwa has since been dragged before Beitbridge Resident Magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba charged with Criminal Abuse of Office as a public officer.

He was remanded in custody to August 4, while Siakwimbi is yet to be arrested.

Prosecutor Ronald Mugwagwa said on July 19 at around 11 AM, the national security team intercepted two vehicles that were loaded with boxes of washing powder and skin lotions, and other body creams.

He said Inspector Mawomba and Siakwimbi were assigned to escort the two vehicles to offload the goods at the Beitbridge Border Post for valuation and further customs management.

The court heard that along the way, the two police officers connived with the drivers of the two vehicles to offload part of the contraband in the bushy area near the Zinwa water treatment pump.

They ran out of luck when some members of the public who spotted them informed border security officials.

A security team that reacted found the accused person and associates still offloading the boxes of washing powder and body lotions.

The goods were in turn recovered and Mawomba was immediately arrested while Siakwimbi disappeared.

The value of the goods is yet to be ascertained. ■

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