Zimbabwe: Cops in court for extorting ministry director

Two Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers are in trouble after they allegedly extorted US$200 from the Director of Information and Communications Technology, Beaulah Chirume.

The two, Sinikiwe Phiri (36) and Pirate Mazarire (38) are charged with their accomplices, Cleopas Matamba (40) and Passmore Tsodzo (46) who posed as police officers while committing the alleged crime.

The foursome appeared before Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda and were not asked to plead.

Their bail hearing is still ongoing as the state is still investigating whether they have any prior cases.

According to court documents, on April 6, Chirume was driving along 7th Street from Sam Levy where she was coming to pick up cash when she realized she was being followed by a Toyota Wish.

Out of fear, she went to a nearby furniture store.

Before she could leave her car, she was approached by Matamba who identified himself as a member of the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) and allegedly told her he was going to arrest her for running a red light at State. House.

Phiri joined Matamba in the car and they allegedly started threatening her that they would arrest her if she did not give them $300.

They then took her in their own car to meet their other accomplices who they claimed were their superiors in reference to Tsodzo and Mazarire.

They took her back to her own car where they demanded money and she gave them 175 US dollars, but they were not satisfied which allegedly made them search her wallet, taking 17 US dollars and 200 Zimbabwean dollars.

They allegedly ordered him to drive his car west along Samora Machel.

Before she could cross Fifth Street, they ordered her to a stop and then they got into their getaway car following behind.

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