‘Corrupt cops seize’ $31 000 from Zambian visitor


By Tarisai Machakaire

Two cops who pounced on a Zambian in a local hotel and confiscated his $31 000 after threatening him with a lengthy prison term appeared in court.

File picture of police roadblock in Zimbabwe
File picture of police roadblock in Zimbabwe

Evidence Hanya, 31, and Walter Ziuchi, 26, of Mineral and Border Control Unit (MBCU), ordered the complainant Voster Hampako to catch the next bus back to Zambia.

They only gave him a few Kwachas for his journey, a Harare court heard yesterday.

Hanya and Ziuchi were remanded in custody to Saturday pending finalisation of their bail application.

They are being charged with criminal abuse of office.

Prosecutor Audrey Chogumaira alleged that on April 2 around 10pm this year, the duo went to N1 Hotel in Harare in the company of their accomplice Clever Gadzikwa, who is still at large, and demanded to see Voster Hompako — a Zambian national who was booked in room 427.

The court heard that Hanya and Ziuchi forced their way to Hampako’s room and defied the hotel’s regulations while Gadzikwa remained in the car park.

It was alleged that they began searching Hampako and seized $700, $300 in bond notes and 400 Zambian Kwacha.

Hanya then recorded in his notebook that they had only recovered $770 from Hampako before forcing him to sign for the amount.

The duo advised Hampako to declare any other goods that he had.

He told the cops that he had $30 000 stashed in his car at the hotel’s car park.

Hampako was forced to check out of the hotel and made to drive to MBCU Harare offices where Hanya and Ziuchi would search the car.

However, no search was done.

Hanya and Ziuchi allegedly forced Hampako to take out the $30 000 which was packed in plastic bags.

They allegedly forced him to surrender it to them after which they verified that it was actually $31 000.

They began threatening Hampako with a long jail term for money laundering and made him to sign a dubious warned and cautioned statement for fraud.

Hanya and Ziuchi photocopied Hampako’s identification particulars and gave him back his kwachas before ordering him to catch the first bus the following morning and return to Zambia.

The duo did not record anything in their police record books in a bid to conceal the offence from their superiors, the court heard.

On April 7, the accused persons made a report against the cops at Police General Headquarters. Daily News

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  • NGAVASUNGWE

  • Can’t you be ashamed of being zim cops these days, and i heard green bombers are back. Honestly your days are numbered mu office imomo amugabe nembwa dzenyu

  • Fuck the plc

  • I hate these guys .they took all my money ngo December

  • point of correction mr editor,your headline must read…”2 gangsters”they r not worth their badges

  • Akunapoyisa eZim,izigebengu zodwa nje!

  • Thats what they are taught at the Green Bombers training camps. Thats why most of them are shameless thieves.

  • if we get independence from Zanu pf change that ZRP uniforms and personal

  • i hate these idiots

    • kismores

      They are not worth putting on police uniform. They are a disgrace to the force. Courts should also be blamed for handing out derogatory fines to offenders. This is disgusting. We should all be ashamed of this.

  • Mbavha idzo –Nzara yovatuma kuba

  • One just has to see the zeal and enthusiasim they display on seing plasma tvs and stoves, they openly usurp customs officials powers.No wonder gvt is not realising much by way of duty.Put the culprits in the slamnmer!

  • Let them enjoy the lenghty trial

  • Mbavha idzi send them to jail and throw away e keys…..tarnishing e name of e country to foreigners nd scare away would be tourists

  • Mbavha dzachihuri idzi dzanetsa

  • Mbavha ini police uniforms

  • Zim police seem to be on a fund raising campaign I wonder if some of the tickets given to motorists are legit

  • Ko munhu ane 26 yrs nekamwe kane 31yrs vanonzi ve border control kudii.vapfana zvakanyanya,ngavadzingirire mbavha pama rank.

  • 😡what have these people turned into?

  • Bull shit you animal bonkers, ma mama

  • Our nation is coming any embarrassment in the face of the world, Chihuri should task his officers for some kind of courses that include public relations once every year !

    • No it’s a banana republic now, I miss those days when we had professional officers and everyone wanted to be a policeman when we were growing up.
      Now the most violent Zanu Pf youthiz are our today’s policemen.
      It’s very embarrassing to be a Zimbabwean at this moment.

    • That’s pure lack of professionalism cos they are still using 5 ordinary subjects including maths and English as standard of entry and also 6 months of training. So that has got nothing to do with ZANU , the police force itself needs to sort out its house !

  • That extinguishes all Investors Confidence muZimbabwe. Ndiani ungada kuInvestor uchingotoregwa guchu remari zvakadero? Zvokwadi zveZimbabwe ijuzi raTizirai rokuti uku rinorukwa uku rinorudunugwa #

  • Then who shall guard the guards if it’s this rediculous,these guys’s overzealousness is now tandamount to the public protection act they are asigned to parly is singng police is scarring away visitors which is not even attended to by the respective authorities.

  • We hv come to a point where public need to police the police

  • We hv come to a point where public need to police the police

  • This is all Mugabe z fault zim is not a safe place anymore mapurisa angova mbavha

  • This is all Mugabe z fault zim is not a safe place anymore mapurisa angova mbavha

  • Christmas

    I have all the suitable description for them .but this paper will not publish ..I know.

  • They have themselves to blame, the government they are working for is reducing them to beggars and part time thieves. They should just side with the masses for a much needed regime change.

  • They have themselves to blame, the government they are working for is reducing them to beggars and part time thieves. They should just side with the masses for a much needed regime change.

  • national disgrace 👎🏼

  • Chihuri and Chombo have failed this nation.I really wonder why they are still in their positions up to this day.Corruption in the police force has reached alarming levels and the powers that be just watch as this circus continues.Most policemen/police women are mere thugs just out their to rob in day light.Its pathetic to say the least.Hardly a day passes by without hearing someone crying out because of these goons.We are sick and tired of this nonsense.Chombo has failed and its time he is relieved of his duties.Its only in Zimbabwe were public workers are rewarded for inefficiency and corruption.Right now in Harare Chombo and his goons have failed to bring back sanity on the city roads from the combis,a simple task that could be achieved if we didnt have these corrupt officers.Combis moves towards all traffic even in the presence of the so called police and guess what nothing happens,they can even make illegal turns in front of these law enforcers and get away with it.I pray that things change in 2018 and who ever is in office fires most of them.

  • Chihuri and Chombo have failed this nation.I really wonder why they are still in their positions up to this day.Corruption in the police force has reached alarming levels and the powers that be just watch as this circus continues.Most policemen/police women are mere thugs just out their to rob in day light.Its pathetic to say the least.Hardly a day passes by without hearing someone crying out because of these goons.We are sick and tired of this nonsense.Chombo has failed and its time he is relieved of his duties.Its only in Zimbabwe were public workers are rewarded for inefficiency and corruption.Right now in Harare Chombo and his goons have failed to bring back sanity on the city roads from the combis,a simple task that could be achieved if we didnt have these corrupt officers.Combis moves towards all traffic even in the presence of the so called police and guess what nothing happens,they can even make illegal turns in front of these law enforcers and get away with it.I pray that things change in 2018 and who ever is in office fires most of them.

    • They are still in office because Zanu Pf survives through lawlessness, so according to Zanu Pf their employer Chombo and Chihuri are doing a fantastic job.

  • Hate them or love them, they are the richest in the country. They can afford to drive the poshest cars on the market,have three full meals a day send their children to most expensive schools and universities. They enjoy full benefits of organized crime, mungavadii?

    • Just your opinion , and not fact , amunyare kuwawata here baba munini Franzisi

  • They actually threaten for a bribe

  • Mapurisa ndidzo mbavha dzacho who will police the police

  • Those terrorists you call police make it very difficult to drive in Zimbabwean highways. Nzara yakaoma akomana.

  • so embarrassing looking at our police stations they look like they were built in th 15th century so wer is th money going

  • uuuum asazi i corruption leli!

  • They call themselves police FORCE not services so Zimbos we must not be surprised by their conduct of work

  • Disgusting

  • Ndopavanoita sevasingazvioni zvirinani kuti vanechido vaite panekukanda mumadhakaseizvi ,we need action of purpose Mr Chihuri kuitira ramangwana revana vedu pamwe venyu vakagarika kare

  • Nyasha Kanengoni

    The police conduct, while egregious, represented a serious departure from well-established constitutional norms. These police officers were “dealers”.

    There is more to this story than meet the eye. This Voster Hampako guy is not clean. He has more than eight passports from different African countries. He is not a “visitor” to Zimbabwe. Although he is a Zambian national, he is actually domiciled in Zimbabwe. Anotonzi Baba Linda. He was incarcerated in Zimbabwe sometime in 2004. How many times? God knows !! He lost tenancy agreement for my property after I discovered that he was in possession of an unlicensed 9 mm firearm and a few rounds of ammunition in his bedroom while he was doing time on the inside.

    I maybe wrong on this one. I suspect this a deal that went terribly sour.

    • dhehwa72

      I thought as much, if the police were in the hotel room and searched it and only got that 700, why then would this Voster guy tell the police that he has some cash in his car parked somewhere? Something is really fishy here.

  • Can one wonder why these police cannot be trusted at all. They are all trying to milk the populace. God help us!

  • Does this not justify one refusing to pay what they term a spot fine at a police road block and choosing to go to court or paying at the traffic section. Citizens must now arise and let us all seek for true justice and ways to end this daylight robbery by these gang of thieves dressed as police.

  • Stingray

    Recently minister of tourism was inviting tourists telling the world that Zimbabwe was a beautiful and peaceful country. Now a tourist has been robbed by the same people who should protect him.Cde minister your government is totally corrupt from the President to the most junior Policeman.Zimbabwe needs a total complete overhaul from A to Z.

  • These are criminals

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