A POLICE Protection Unit (PPU) officer, yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court facing charges of receiving a $10 bribe from a commuter omnibus driver, who had been arrested for picking passengers at an undesignated point in the capital.
Fredlie Toto Makaradhi, who is based at Tomlison Depot in Harare, was granted $100 bail by magistrate Elijah Makomo and is expected back in court tomorrow for trial.
It is the State’s case that Makaradhi demanded and received a $10 bribe from the driver, while they were on their way to Harare Central Police Station.
“Along the way, the accused person demanded and received a bribe of $10. However, the informant alerted a Constable Masuka, who in turn advised the provincial anti-corruption team, leading to his arrest,” read the State papers in part.
Meanwhile, Harare magistrate, Tendai Mahwe yesterday slapped an Epworth man, Cecil Matare, with a 12-month jail term after convicting him of ill-treating his three-year-old step-daughter.
Matare, who will serve a 10-month effective jail term after two months were suspended on condition of good behaviour, beat up his step-daughter and hung her by the door with legs tied by a belt.
The court heard that Matare assaulted the toddler after tying her to the door accusing her of failing to greet him when he got home.Francesca Mukumbiri prosecuted for the State.