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    Gutu magistrate implicated in $160 bribery storm



    WALTER MAFEKING

    GUTU –
    A Police officer based at Mpandawana in Gutu appeared in court on Monday this week facing allegations that he solicited $160 bribe so that he could liaise with Gutu Magistrate Edwin Marecha to throw away a case due in court.
    The matter came to light when Edward Chagonda (35)'s wife Fungai Zikumva was nonetheless convicted of assault by Magistrate Marecha.
    Chagonda then reported the case to Gutu Police Station that Constable Leonard Mabheka (30) received $160 in order that he covers up the assault case.
    The two, Chagonda and Mabheka appeared before Magistrate Marecha this week charged with bribery as defined in Section 170 (i) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
    The Magistrate however, found the two not guilty of the offence in his ruling made on the same day. He dismissed the case on two grounds which are that the charge was not properly crafted and that the facts did not support the case.
    The allegations are that on May 14 2016 Mabheka who is a Police officer stationed at Mpandawana allegedly solicited $160 from Chagonda who is a bus conductor with Hitwave Bus Service claiming that he can liaise with Magistrate Marecha so that his wife`s does not appear in court.
    Chagonda`s wife Fungai Zikumva was facing assault charges and constable Mabheka was conducting the investigations.
    It is said that Chagonda then met constable Mabheka at Chivaraidze Bar in Mpandawana where they did their transaction in the toilet.
    When Zikumva found herself arrested on May 13, 2016 over the assault, she reported to Gutu Police Station about the shadowy deal which had happened between the accused two.crime news
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