CID Boss arrested over protecting drug lords

Chrispen Charumbira

CID Director Commissioner Chrispen Charumbira was arrested Thursday morning by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) in the office of the President, on allegations of accepting protection money from drug and gold dealers to stop criminal investigations.

The allegations against the CID director emanate from his junior officers who alleged he had been interfering with their duties by protecting drug and gold dealers after accepting unclean money.

CID boss Commissioner Charumbira was picked up for questioning by SACU officers Thursday morning and spent the night at Rhodesville Police Station.

Sources close to the developments told this reporter that these are internal squabbles which have resulted in the arrest and suspension of senior police officers including CID Commercial Crimes boss Obeylaw Moyo.

According to the complaints, three detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics arrested two Mufakose drug dealers, Norman Chabata and his brother Charles, after raiding their Mufakose home where they recovered 443g of dagga packed in sachets and bottles of BronCleer cough syrup.

While at the scene, it is alleged that they received a call from  Charumbira ordering them to release the two. Their immediate boss told them to instead follow the proper procedures and proceed with the investigations.

They were all later allegedly summoned by Charumbira who informed them that their days at CID Drugs were numbered and should brace for transfers. The three compiled the dockets which saw the two tried with Charles Chabata given an eight-month jail term and Norman Chabata a US$100 fine by Harare Magistrates Court.

The three detectives were transferred to CID Chiredzi, CID Lupane and CID Mount Darwin. After a complaint to CID Headquarters, they were transferred back to CID Harare.

Source – Byo24

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