By Judith Sibanda
Victoria Falls, March 18, 2018 – A Victoria Falls police officer almost chocked to death on Thursday afternoon when he tried to swallow a $10 note after he was allegedly caught soliciting for bribes from motorists at a roadblock.
The drama happened when the police officer only identified as Constable Mabiwa was allegedly approached by one of his bosses at a roadblock in the Masuwe area.
“Chief Superintendent Commanding Fairbridge, Masiya who was in the resort town to carry out routine anti-corruption work arrived at the roadblock unexpectedly and asked to see Constable Mabiwa’s declaration book together with money paid by motorists as fines,” said Nonceba Dube who witnessed the incident.
“As Masiya was going through the book and counting the money, he noticed that the money for fines was over by $5.
“He questioned Mabiwa about the anomaly but the Constable insisted that his boss had failed to count the money properly.
“As Masiya was talking to other two police officers who were at the roadblock, Mabiwa snatched the money from his boss and ran into the bush.”
Dube said other police officers tried to give chase but failed to catch up prompting them to fire warning shots.
“As he was running, he tried to swallow the money but unfortunately, it choked him and he collapsed,” Dube said.
“Officers had to punch him hard on the chest until he spit the money and regained consciousness,” she said.
Mabiwa was handcuffed and taken to Victoria Falls police station.
A video of the embarrassed police officer taking a few punches from his colleagues in a bid to induce vomiting of the exhibit also went viral on social media.
Zimbabwe Republic Police deputy officer commanding Victoria Falls Chief Superintendent Dominic Sibanda confirmed the incident, but said investigations were still to be done.
“I cannot give much information as of now because details are still sketchy and it seems there is lot of corruption that has been taking place and it was not him only who was involved,” he said.
“We will give you full details maybe on Monday.”
Meanwhile, another Victoria Falls police officer was arrested on Wednesday as he tried to smuggle second hand clothes from Zambia.
Police said the police officer only identified as Constable Chinyuku was on arrested on the Zambian side of the border in the afternoon.
“He had crossed to Zambia (Livingstone) the same afternoon and at around 2PM he came back in the company of Beauty Lungu, Violet Matau and Cleopatra Ncube who are also in custody charged with smuggling,” Sibanda said.
“Chinyuku dropped the three ladies, all from Hwange before driving towards the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority security check point and they found him in possession of two containers of second hand clothes, two packets of onions and potatoes, four boxes of biscuits and jiggies.”
Sibanda said Chinyuku had been recently transferred to Victoria Falls from Hwange as punishment for stealing a vehicle windscreen.