The Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested the Officer Commanding CID Vehicle Theft Squad Chief Superintendent Kirisipen Mutsengi for criminal abuse of office after he was caught driving a vehicle that was being held as an exhibit at a police station.
Mutsengi (55) drove the vehicle for over a month between January and February until he crashed it and seriously damaged it in Harare.
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He was arrested and brought before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje who remanded him to the 9th of September 2021 on ZWL$10 000.00 bail among other conditions. ZACC said in a statement:
The Officer Commanding CID Vehicle Theft Squad Chief Superintendent Kirisipen Mutsengi (55) has been arrested for Criminal Abuse of Duty after he was caught by ZACC investigators using a vehicle that was being held as an exhibit at Southerton Police Station.
The arrest came after ZACC received an anonymous report from whistleblowers that there was suspected abuse of recovered exhibit motor vehicles at CID Vehicle Theft Squad (VTS), Southerton, Harare.
Following investigations by ZACC officers, the vehicle was recovered at a private garage at corner Soutter and Main road, New Ardbennie, Harare where it was being repaired.
Further investigations revealed that Chief Superintendent Mutsengi used the vehicle from 14 January 2020 to 24 February 2020 before he was involved in an accident at corner Glenara and Samora Machel, seriously damaging the vehicle.
The accused has since appeared before Magistrate Stanford Mambanje and was remanded to the 9th of September 2021 on ZWL$10 000.00 bail among other conditions.