Thursday 18 May 2023


Four police officers were yesterday charged with fraud in court for being part and parcel of the syndicates that extorted a Chinese national of US$3 000.

Lawson Muchongwe (34), Perseverance Chisango (31), Fredrick Moyo (32) and Weston Muzoriwa (36) stationed at different police stations appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi charged with fraud and were remanded on bail of $50 000 each.

An alleged accomplice, Primrose Tarumbiswa (45) was the first to appear in court last week.

The final member being hunted down, Prosper Chimbumu is still at large.

Prosecuting, Mr Zebediah Bofu alleged that on May 9, at around 11:30am the six met to work out how to get money from Mr Xie  Haiyan.

At around 12pm, Tarumbiswa phoned Mr Xie asking to meet him saying she wanted to order some stuff from China. The two met at around 5pm at the corner of Leopold Takawira Street and Josiah Tongogara Avenue.

She was driving a Toyota Vitz and invited Mr Xie into her vehicle. But the other five then appeared and approached the motor vehicle and introduced themselves as police officers.

They accused Mr Xie of dealing in illicit drugs, bulk diesel and foreign currency.

They told him, falsely, he was under arrest and they took him into another vehicle and drove away alleging that they were taking him to the police station.

They demanded for US$20 000 for his release, but Mr Xie told them that he only had US$3 000 which he handed over the gang.

The gang decided to release him and Mr Xie went to Harare Central Police Station to file a report. Herald


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