A 39-YEAR-OLD Gweru-based senior cop, who was facing allegations of converting cattle meant for food at a police mess to his personal use, was last Friday acquitted of the charges after being found not guilty.
Assistant Inspector Marowa Nyamande, mess manager at Gweru Main Camp, was tasked with procurement and issuing of food stuffs.
The police also tasked him with bartering maize for beasts intended for beef at the police base. The State had alleged that Nyamande took part of/or all grain bags in exchange for livestock, which he converted to his own use.
But Gweru magistrate Mildred Matuvi said the State failed to prove all essential elements of the offence before acquitting the police officer. Matuvi ruled the State should have brought people who battered the maize using livestock as witnesses.
Allegations against Nyamande were that sometime in July 2008 he took 11x50kg bags of maize meal to Lalapanzi and exchanged seven of those for a beast.
He is alleged to have taken the remaining four bags to one Flavian Takavangei and exchanged them for four goats that he kept for himself.
On August 5 2008, Nyamande again allegedly took 10x50kg bags of maize to Lalapanzi and bartered them for a beast, which he again kept for himself.
The State further stated that on three different occasions in October 2008, he exchanged eight bags of maize for three beasts which he allegedly kept. On December 28 2008, he allegedly converted 18x50kg bags of maize to his personal use.
The allegations came to light when a whistleblower informed Nyamande’s superiors.