Polices bosses reportedly ordered their subordinates to destroy the ZRP financial records during the 2017 November Coup code-named operation restore legacy that toppled former president Robert Mugabe, ZBC reports.
According to the publication, the records were loaded into a Nissan UD truck and were destroyed at the Chikurubi Camp by fire.
The records according to the publication would have been used to investigate the then police boss and his relatives who are now being accused of siphoning public funds into their companies and buying assets which are on the verge of being forfeited by the state.
This was revealed in a sworn affidavit being used by the NPA in the Chihuri’s case by one Constable Ellison Mutivayo who reportedly said he was responsible for typing in the office of the then Staff Officer Ordinance. Mutivayo said he was instructed to type the order to destroy 20 sets of selected records which were then taken by a lorry for destruction:
All sections like receipt bay, bulk store, stores office, buying office, cardex office, loan office, dispatch carding, issues and discharges, took the books to his office. The Staff officer did the selection of files with the administrator and brought them to my office where I was ordered to type out a destruction order in respect of the selected books. The books were more than 20 in number.
According to the publication, an assistant inspector then arrived driving a UD lorry, the policeman and others had to load the books detailed for destruction and the truck drove off to Support Unit in Chikurubi where they were destroyed by fire. Chihuri is yet to respond to the allegations that PGHQ destroyed files that could have been used in his case.