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    Chiredzi CIO operative acquitted as Police is accused of corruption

    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – Moreblessing Deze (24), a CIO operative in Chiredzi was wrongly arrested because Police acted corruptly, the accused’s lawyer told a local Magistrate.
    Lawyer Emmanuel Chibudu of Kwirira and Magwaliba Legal Practitioners said his client was arrested and brought to court on a charge of homicide when the client was only a passenger in the car that was involved on the accident.
    Deze was arrested for driving without a driver’s licence.
    According to the State, on April 21, 2018 at around 6 pm Deze was allegedly driving her unregistered vehicle, a Nissan Note along Ngundu – Tanganda Road towards Chiredzi. On reaching the 78km peg another vehicle a Toyota Ipsum which was being driven by Nabelani Ndhlovu and also driving towards the same direction decided to overtake the Nissan Note. As she was being overtaken, Deze veered off the road to the left after losing control. She then realised that she was out of the road and brought the vehicle back to the road trying to bring it back to her lane but unfortunately her vehicle was involved in a serious collision with the Ipsum causing the death of MollenVushe.
    Chibudu argued that his client was not the one who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident since it was driven by her friend Veronica Nyengera who is a Police officer. He said there was connivance between investigating Officer Itayi Chitsuro and Nyengera the investigating officer. He accused Nyengera of giving Chitsuro money to make sure that she does not go to court as an accused and at one time tried to use an imposter identified as Miriam to stand as an accused but her height was turned down by Chitsuro.
    Magistrate Mutandwa said the State failed to prove its case and questioned the reason why Police did not bring Miriam to court for trying to stand in as a driver and also why she was not brought to court as a witness.
    Mutandwa concurred with Chibudu that Deze signed papers being the driver when such evidence was not supported by any witness in court. She acquitted Deze of any wrong doing.
    Doubt Phiri prosecuted.
     

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