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    Mashava cops in trouble over smuggled goods



    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO – Mashava Police officers are allegedly being investigated for failure to open a docket against the owner of a truck which was impounded with smuggled goods in December last year sources from Zimra have told The Mirror.
    The officers are being investigated by a senior Police officer (name supplied) from Masvingo Central. The case emerged after Zimra raised alarm. The sources said the vehicle with registration number ACZ6351 was impounded at Mhandamabwe
    Business Centre road block in Chivi by Border Control Police officers (names supplied) in December last year on suspicion that it was carrying smuggled goods.
    There is suspicion that the officers under investigation
    are dragging their feet on the case because they are said to have received a $300 bribe according to sources. Police Spokesperson Charity Mazula said she
    had no information on the matter.
    A Zimra public relations department officer, Shoperai Muonwa asked for questions in writing but she had not responded by the time of going to Press.
    "The truck was driven to Mashava Balmain where it was parked while the driver (name and address supplied) from Dulivadzimu in Beitbridge allegedly facilitated for the bribe. "It is suspected that US$300 was sent through Ecocash to the officer but did not inform suspected accomplices of the received bribe resulting in a report being made to Zimra to take over the case.
    "Zimra in turn impounded the car leaving the officer who allegedly received the bribe in a fix," said the source.
    The impounded goods are being kept at CSC warehouse while the truck is parked at the Zimra offices in Masvingo where it is under 24hr guard.crime news
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