A female police officer in the traffic unit attached to Southerton Police Station in Harare this week appeared in court after she was caught while receiving a US$150 bribe.
The 27-year-old Definate Mutonya, had reportedly asked motorist Nobert Chikumbo to pay a US$200 bribe after he had failed to produce a driver’s licence.
Chikumbo paid US$30 at the spot and told Mutonya that she would get the balance from his relatives he had called over the phone.
He then alerted police about the transaction and a trap was set leading to Mutonya’s immediate arrest and recovery of the money.
Meanwhile, Mutonya is now out on $500 bail while the matter was remanded to February 25. She was ordered to continue residing at her current home and not interfere with witnesses.
Corruption is reportedly rampant in the country despite the setting up of the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission.
According to the Corruption Perspections Index report of 2019, Zimbabwe is among the countries with the highest levels of corruption in the world.
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