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Senior Police Officer Under Fire Over Smuggling

26 July 2021

A senior police officer, Inspector Elias Mawomba (47), has been arrested for conniving with one of his subordinates to divert two vehicles from offloading smuggled goods inside the Beitbridge Border Post last week. Insp Mawomba and his subordinate Dickson Siakwimbi are deployed to Beitbridge to conduct security and anti-smuggling duties at Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa under operation “No to Cross-border Crimes’’. It is reported that the two officers were assigned by their commanders to escort two vehicles carrying an assortment of smuggled goods. The vehicles had been intercepted along the Limpopo River soon after smuggling the goods from South Africa. Prosecutor Mr Ronald Mugwagwa told the court that said on July 19 at around 11 am, the national security team intercepted two vehicles that were loaded with boxes of washing powder, skin lotions and other body creams. Mugwagwa added that Insp Mawomba and Siakwimbi were assigned to escort the two vehicles to offload the goods at the Beitbridge Border Post for valuation and further customs management. Along the way, the two police officers connived with the drivers of the vehicles to offload part of the contraband in the bushy area near the Zinwa water treatment pump. They were spotted by alert citizens who immediately informed border security officials. They were found while still offloading the smuggled goods and Mawomba was immediately arrested, while Siakwimbi disappeared. Insp Mawomba of the ZRP Support Unit Mike Troops Buchwa has since been dragged before Beitbridge resident magistrate Mr Takudzwa Gwazemba charged with criminal abuse of office as a public officer. He was remanded in custody to August 4, while Siakwimbi is yet to be arrested. The value of the goods is yet to be ascertained. More: The Herald

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