Two Plumtree police officers who were recorded on camera by a cross border transporter demanding and receiving a bribe from him at the Plumtree Border Post have each been sentenced to an effective 18 months in jail. They were each sentenced to 24 months in prison but six months were suspended on condition that they do not within the next five years commit a similar offence.
Fume Chibvuri (34) and Aaron Zivuku (28) yesterday pleaded not guilty to extortion when they appeared before Plumtree magistrate Mr Gideon Ruvetsa but were convicted due to overwhelming evidence.
The two cops, through their legal counsel, Mr Norman Mugiya of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers, claimed that on the day in question, they were not stationed at the border complex.
They said Mr Gift Moyo, who recorded them demanding payment to grant him passage through the border in July last year, had fabricated a video of them and then circulated it on social media in a bid to tarnish their images.
The cops said Mr Moyo did that in retaliation after they had testified against him in a case of kidnapping.