Zimbabwe’s former police commissioner Augustine Chihurihas been implicated in a bogus vehicle auction sale in which he reportedly assisted an ex-officer in charge of transport records office, Vusimuzi Ncube, to corruptly acquire two cars.
This was revealed in opposing papers filed at the High Court by the head of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) assistant commissioner Chrispen Charumbira, police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga and Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe who were sued by Ncube for police seizure of the two vehicles.
Charumbira’s affidavit which was later withdrawn with costs read:
Using his privileged position and in connivance with Chihuri and Robert Tendero Masukusa, he simply allocated himself the State vehicles which he converted to personal use without paying any value for the two vehicles.
Applicant never attended any auction viewing as the vehicles were at his workplace. The registration of the vehicles does not confer title to the applicant as the property belongs to ZRP.
Ncube claims that he bought the Land Rover Freelander and Mazda Capella at a ZRP auction in 2015 and in 2018, they were seized by police who later said they were being held as exhibits in cases of theft and criminal abuse of office.
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