A top Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officer crashed a recovered Mazda B T50 Club Cab vehicle that was being held as an exhibit while on a joyride.
Chief Superintendent Kirisipen Mutsengi, (55), who is the Officer Commanding Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Vehicle Theft Squad, Southerton, has since been arrested and charged with criminal abuse of office.
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The Mazda BT50 was stolen at gunpoint from South African national, Domian-Lee Kockolt, and was brought into Zimbabwe through Mozambique. It was recovered at Nyamapanda Border Post in January last year.
Detectives from the CID Vehicle Theft Squad established that the vehicle had been stolen in Durban, South Africa and was placed on Interpol’s watch list after its owner.
After Zimbabwean detectives recovered the vehicle, they ferried it to CID Vehicle Theft Squad, Southerton in Harare where it was secured as evidence.
Mutsengi is alleged to have taken the Mazda BT50 vehicle from the CID Vehicle Theft Squad Southerton exhibit yard for personal use.
In February last year, the top police officer was involved in an accident at corner Glenara and Samora Machel Avenue, Harare while on a joyride resulting in the vehicle suffering extensive damage.
Mutsengi allegedly tried to cover up the misappropriation and abuse of the vehicle by taking it for repairs at a private garage in New Ardbennie, Harare.
However, in March this year, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) received an anonymous report about the abuse of recovered exhibit vehicles at CID Vehicle Theft Squad, Southerton.
Following investigations, the vehicle was finally recovered at the private garage on June 7, 2021.
Further investigations led to the arrest of Chief Superintendent Mutsengi who appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mbanje on Thursday.
Mutsengi was granted $10 000 bail and remanded to September 30.