Harare – Police allegedly failed to arrest and detain two bogus conmen masquerading as central intelligence officers who had been apprehended by loss control officers stationed at a shop along Leopold Takawira Street in the capital’s down on Wednesday evening.
The imposters reportedly entered the shop to investigate if illegal forex trading was occurring within the premises. They then attempted to smuggle some wares hidden under their clothing..
The shop’s manager, Tatenda Mhishi noticed the attempted theft and apprehended the pair. On being subdued the pair claimed they work under the “peace department” at Harare Central Police Station and are commanded by “Major Chikukwa”.
One of them produced an identification card written ‘Anti-Piracy’ with the name Mutamba Obert P. They later claimed to be members of the intelligence services. Later they claimed that they do not know each other at all.
Khuluma Afrika is in possession of the said identity documents but has been advised not to publish them until they can be authenticated.
The case was reported to ZRP Market Square police post, but it took more than 3hrs for a docket to be processed and statements taken. The police seemed scared and disinterested.
The polices CID, Anti corruption, Peace (departments) all sent officers to the post to observer. None of the officers were able to confirm the men’s identities nor effect an arrest.
Eventually someone identified as Head of Peace and Anti corruption arrived but could not confirm their identities.
At one point the suspects negotiated to pay a bribe to the officers, who initially seemed to be interested but reclined after realising Khuluma Afrika journalists had been following proceedings the entire time.
The police refused to show the docket to Khuluma reporters, nor advise when a court date would be furnished.
However, according to Tatenda Mhishi, the complainant, police gave him a reference number, and told him to follow up at Harare Central Police. The reference is 341138.
Khuluma Afrika has been told that the suspects, who were in possession of different identity documents and whose real identity could not be ascertained even by the police may have been released and the case swept under the carpet.
Police spokespersons were not reachable for comment.