3 charged over Harare Central fire and missing US$40k

Libinance Dokora

Three police officers have been charged in connection with the recent arson incident at the
Harare Central Police Station.

The fire, which occurred last Saturday, not only engulfed the police facility but also raised questions after it was discovered that US$40,000, which had been held in an exhibit room, had gone missing in the aftermath of the blaze.

The officers, aged 46, 43, and 36, are now facing legal action and have been arraigned at the Harare Magistrates Court.

The charges against them include arson and theft, raising concerns about the potential involvement of law enforcement personnel in criminal activities.

The accused officers’ identities are being withheld pending further investigation.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi revealed that the police is carrying out investigations in a case of a fire which broke out at the
basement of Harare Central Police station.

Harare Police Station basement hooked fire on Sunday, threatening critical evidence for criminal
trials which was contained in one of the rooms.

“The ZRP reports an unfortunate incident where there was a fire starting from around midnight where some rooms at the Harare Central complex which houses several police sections including
the office of the officer commanding the province, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)
and others was engulfed by flames,” he said.

 

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