An unfortunate Bulawayo man is facing arrest after he went to report a crime to ZRP Bulawayo and was told the crime he was reporting was committed while he was also committing a crime, the Chronicle reports.
Allan Majaha Sibanda approached ZRP after he was defrauded ZWL$120 000 by one Givemore Mapuranga after they connected on a WhatsApp foreign currency exchange group. Sibanda was then told he had committed a crime by buying foreign currency on the black market.
The incident was confirmed by ZRP Bulawayo Spokesperson Inspector Abedinico Ncube who said:
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On 12 July 2020, the complainant, Allan Majaha Sibanda from Bulawayo who is a member of a WhatsApp group of illegal foreign currency dealers in the city received a message that someone was looking for a float of $120 000 in exchange of $1 400 in American dollars.
He responded to that message, which had been sent by one Givemore Mapuranga. They got into a deal and the complainant then as agreed sent $120 000 to the accused person.
Upon receiving the money, the accused person cut all ties and contact with the complainant, switched off his phone and stopped responding even on his social media accounts
While the complainant lost his money in this case, both he and the accused person have a case to answer. They were both engaged in illegal forex dealing. The complainant got his money stolen during an illegal transaction.
So as police we will do our job and arrest both the complainant and accused person as both their actions breached the law. People get into all sorts of shady dealings and it is all good. When they turn against each other in their illegal transactions, they now want to involve the police. The long arm of the law must reach out to both of them in respective degrees