Conductor in trouble over $5 bribe

A conductor with a commuter omnibus plying the Gweru-Kwekwe Road landed himself in trouble last week after he allegedly attempted to bribe the officer commanding Kwekwe District Police (Dispol) at a vehicle road block along the highway.

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Gift Murowa (23), who is employed by Gumbo Transport was arrested on July 10 after he allegedly attempted to bribe Chief Superintendent Fiona Thlomani with a $5 note to buy his way past the roadblock.

He was remanded in custody to July 23 after he briefly appeared before Kwekwe magistrate Taurai Manwere last Friday.

Murowa denied the charge. The State represented by Tinashe Mhonda alleges that Murowa was stopped at the roadblock and asked by Thlomani to produce an operator’s permit, among other documents for inspection.

It is the State case that Murowa then gave Thlomani the road permit and a $5 note which was meant to be a bribe.

When Thlomani asked why there was money inside the permit, Murowa allegedly claimed the money was for a bribe.

In a bid to clean its image, the police force has lately introduced tough measures to curb incidents of bribery at roadblocks.

This follows reports that police officers were contributing to the road carnage by letting defective public service vehicles pass unchecked after being bribed.

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