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Chihuri in posh vehicles scandal

By Tarisai Machakaire

After 23 years of enforcing law and order as the country’s top policeman, the tables have been turned against former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri who is being accused of impounding five cars and later changing ownership into his name while still heading the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).

Police chief Augustine Chihuri
Former Police chief Augustine Chihuri

A Harare businessman, Bigboy Pachirera, is claiming $2 968 000 from Chihuri and his wife for damages incurred consequent to loss of his property that includes a house in Highfield, three heavy duty trucks, a Jeep Cherokee and Mercedes Benz ML 350 Formatic.

Pachirera gave harrowing experiences of how he and his family were subjected to endless torture by members of the police Homicide Department after becoming Chihuri’s “target” in 2013.

“At first, I was accused of theft and put into police custody where I was held for seven days before being brought before a court. They would come (police) holding guns at me and force me into signing affidavits one of which gave Chihuri powers to take my Highfield house valued (at) $50 000,” Pachirera said.

“When I finally appeared in court, I was released because police had over-detained me but they did not stop hunting for me.”

According to Pachirera, in 2014 Chihuri allegedly formulated theft of motor vehicle charges against the businessman and held Pachirera’s wife hostage to induce him to release some of his cars.

“All the cars that they claimed to have been stolen I had personally bought them from Zimoco here in Zimbabwe. They all had records; my Mercedes Benz ML 350 Formatic and Jeep Cherokee and the three trucks I used in my road construction business,” claimed the businessman.

Pachirera is due to file summons claiming the return of property and damages of $2 968 000 from Chihuri and his wife arising from the alleged criminal activities.

In a letter dated December 5, 2017 delivered to Chihuri’s Shawasha residence and private business offices in Alex Park, Harare, Pachirera’s lawyers Mahuni Gidiri law chambers demanded the damages and property to be returned.

“On or about December 22, 2013 you caused the unlawful arrest of our client on allegations of theft. At all material times you knew very well that our client had not committed any offence against you…after his release from custody you ordered the police to harass our client and his family and engaged services of CID Frauds and Homicide to rob and steal our client’s property,” reads the letter.

“You ordered that our client’s several motor vehicles be taken to the Vehicle Theft Squad section for verification of whether or not they had been stolen. You and the police caused the change of name on all the motor vehicles into your name(s) and Kidsdale Enterprises a company owned by you.”

Pachirera claims that he lost business after heavy duty trucks that he used to earn a living were also held and transferred into Chihuri’s ownership.

“Since the time you unlawfully despoiled our client of his property, he has lost business and income in excess of $1, 4 million and also suffered personality infringement in the sum of $1 million.

“The value of the property that you deprived our client amounts to $470 000 and $50 000 for the Highfield home…he was earning $1 000 in rentals from that property and has lost income of $48 000.”

Pachirera’s lawyer Rungano Mahuni claims that no action was taken by Chihuri since receiving that letter and they have resorted to courts for reprieve.

The businessman told the Daily News that he could not speak openly about the issue fearing for his life because of threats that he received from the police over the issue.

“My residence was kept under police surveillance, each time I went out police would follow me. I got to a point where two armed police officers displaying guns roamed about 100 metres from my residence. I think it is because of God’s grace that I am alive today,” Pachirera said.

Chihuri was retired from the ZRP by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month and was replaced by Godwin Matanga, albeit in an acting capacity.

The 64-year-old ex-combatant’s tenure was marred by widespread allegations of corruption and gross human rights violations, which were levelled against him and the police force.

Chihuri had been under intense pressure to quit the police force ever since the Zimbabwe Defence Forces carried out Operation Restore Legacy which led to the fall of former president Robert Mugabe who resigned on November 21 after Parliament had put in motion impeachment proceedings against him.

This was further highlighted by thousands of ordinary Zimbabweans who booed him at the inauguration of Mnangagwa on November 24 when he was about to take his oath of allegiance to the new president.

Chihuri was firstly booed as he arrived at the packed 60 000 capacity stadium.

His humiliation reached the peak when he read his loyalty pledge as people vented their anger and chanted “he should go, he should go, he should go”, while others rolled hands to signal a substitution, a sign that is normally used in football.

Efforts to get a comment from Chihuri were fruitless.

A lawyer believed to have represented Chihuri before denied having anything to do with him.

Contrary to the gratitude expressed to other members of the security sector, Chihuri, reportedly seen as part of a component of the security forces who wanted to defend Mugabe’s hegemony, had a torrid time maintaining composure as he struggled to read through his loyalty pledge.

Chihuri was mainly unpopular for the numerous roadblocks which were being mounted by the police which the public alleged were meant to extort motorists.

Apart from triggering a public outcry, the ubiquitous roadblocks drove away international tourists who complained of harassment and demands of bribes by cops manning them.

Chihuri received his military training at Mgagao in Tanzania and had been the longest-serving police chief after he assumed the helm of the force in 1993.

He took over the reins as acting commissioner in 1991 replacing Henry Mukurazhizha.

Two years later he eventually became substantive police commissioner in 1993. 

In 2008, he was appointed commissioner-general when the post was created to replace that of commissioner. Daily News

  • Theft

  • Hiiii

  • Ndozvake chaizvo manje. Before he became commissioner he was accused of the same and escaped albeit because of influence from the top. Action must be taken

  • Ko zimbavha iro makaitei naro nhaimi mukungotaura torai action nemunhu uyo mhani

  • Slowly slowly slowly no Stone will remain unturned.

  • Kufanele ukuthi baqqla ngaye lo obert mpofu

  • Handzi Andrew Langa BP yakwira

  • Ko BMW ya Thomas Mapfumo akayiisa kupi?

  • Everyone in ZANU PF has stolen from us, this corruption weeding exercise is a futile exercise, the best thing Zimbabweans can do is to vote ZANU PF out of power,

    • Very true my brother and I’m dismayed by the fact that many of our fellow countrymen seem to be oblivious to that

    • Voting zanupf out of power is a dream wc is far frm being a reality! Electoral fraud is an obvious thng wt ths mlltary gvt

    • kkkk ahhh kuleee

    • Panganai Panganai That’s the reason why they aren’t implementing electoral reform

    • Lacoste guys wrestled power 4rm mugabe using de bullet n obviously dey knew dey wont mek it thru de ballot…

    • simple and we arrest them for looting.

    • Hamilton who is going to arrest them before ndivo vasungi and they will be out on bail zvavharana ati aenda kujeri so far ndiyani varikutamba nemi ava

    • Pasi ne mhanduuu. Mhandu ndiyo Zanu vote wisely musavoter kunge anambuya. Zanu pf muchamber #2018

  • These people thought the were GOD

  • Lock up the piece of shit n throw away the key,nxaa!

  • Am very very surprised that this Chihuri man is still walking scot free after the pain he caused to innocent citizens,Chikurubi must be his future home,him and Grace.

    • @Best l think ED has got this covered….this cabal had turned Zimbabwe into their own private property .,…

    • And all those road blocks were fundraising for Grace Mugabe They have just burnt the receipt books (evidence) How the commissioner allowed it 🤔

  • Heeeezvoooo!!!!

  • Lets jus vote zanu pf out coz we are being fooled by FAKE allegations and arrests of sme ministers. WHERE IS $15 billion Mr President coz you wre vice president when the money went missing and all the ministers who are supposed to account for the money are there in yo cabinet, WHY NOT ARRESTING THEM. If $15 billion is not accountable for it means Zanu Pf is all corrupt.

    • let us vote them out mugozonyatsoona mbavha kwete mahumbwe ari kuitwa na Mnangagwa.

  • Abantu laba baligugudile ilizwe madoda kanye loMugabe wakhona kumele babhekane lengalo yomthetho

  • Surely crime must be addictive!

  • Arrest and detain

  • The pulling party at large is full of thugs and thieves pity pipo of zim don’t realise that… even the current government they is nothing new here.

  • Sungai mnhu nhaimi

  • Anomama

  • Ngavarege kutisemburaaa hapana arikusungwaa apaaa

  • Ndozvega zvavakwanisa kuwana kozvisati. Mbavha idzo a majority poeple are suffering because of them buditsai gumbura and replace him na Chihuri

  • thief….

  • Why not arresting them? Musatamba nepfungwa dzedu apa. We where not born yesterday nxa.

    • Nhai, no one hasn’t been sentenced yet. Playing with ppl’s minds.

    • They are doing dramma with us shit Zanu PF are all equal thugs dza

  • All of them in Zanu are corrupt including Mnangagwa and Chiwenga.

  • Kandai zimbavha iro mukati,rinorwarira mukati.Iyezvino paRoad pakunakidza kufamba.We give a lot of thanks to ED and Chiwenga for removing these idiots from the roads

    • Vanhu vaperera muroad this holiday bcz hapana mutemo ava madiro.muchademba hama dzafa muroad

  • dai varikuendeswa kujeri zvirinani varikungopihwa ma bail wese but common people are suffering in jails for pet crimes, pliz stop wasting zimbabweans precious time, *we are not fools*.

  • Half a loaf is better than nothing, I’m surprised most of you are bent on pinpointing mbavha dziri muhurumende instead of rejoicing kutoti 1down asungwa uyu. Whining about how corrupt everyone in the government is , is very foolish and backward . I am very happy some of these guys are being arrested though zvine kusarudzana mukati i think it’s better than kungosiya ese matsotsi . Ngavasungwe and all their belongings should be confiscated.

  • Zanu PF is corrupt.The best way is to put new Party. Thus how we can solve the problem.

  • v

  • vachihuri hatina kumboziva kuti ndizvo zvamuri, basa renyu kwaingova kungoba mari inemumvuri muchida kungoriritira mhuri yenyu moga, the elite have fallen and ndazipigwa

  • Batai munhu

  • Haisi mhosva yaChihuri kuba masunctions hanty ndiyo slogan yeZanu

  • Chihuri imhata that dharas shld be arrested he’s fucken corrupt

  • Sungai mbavha iyoyo .He still have more cases to answer

  • Ngaasungwe

  • Vose vakasungwa hapana arimujeri ibahuku uone unoswera wamo Chombo arikudya sadza kumba kwake we$20m asi wekurova munhu paboxing day ari mukati noJustice inZimbabwe

  • Mukandei kuseri asi hatikivhoterei next year

  • Batai vanhu

  • sherpard

    Good , may the law take its course now,