THREE Gwanda policemen yesterday briefly appeared in court charged with extortion or alternatively abuse of office as public officers after they allegedly demanded a $30 bribe from a man accused of stealing donkeys.
Joseph Mazuru, Joe Zacharia Jere, both aged 23, and Matthew Marumisa (28) indicated they needed time to look for a lawyer, forcing the postponement of the case to next Tuesday.
Allegations against the three are that sometime in February last year, Manager Ndlovu’s four donkeys went missing.
In August, three donkeys were recovered, but their earmarks had been tampered with.
Ndlovu continued looking for the other donkey and found it being used by another villager, Khumbulani Moyo.
Police arrested him for stealing the donkey.
However, Ndlovu withdrew the case against Moyo.
But before Moyo could enjoy his freedom, the three demanded $30 so that they “throw the case away”.
Moyo obliged and gave them the money and went on to report the matter to Chief Masuku, who alerted police.