MARONDERA: A cheeky Harare cop, impounded a commuter omnibus in the city before driving it to a farm here, where he spent the night outside the driver's house waiting to receive $150 as bribe money.
Police sources in Marondera have confirmed the arrest of Constable Samuel Samu, 39, who is based at Mbare Police Station, who recently solicited for a bribe from Admire Nota, 26, of Irene Farm in Marondera.
According to the police, Nota was involved in an accident at the Mudzi Roundabout along the Harare-Masvingo highway when he knocked down a pedestrian.
Samu with three other police officers arrived at the scene of the accident and they demanded to see Nota's driver's licence.
Nota indicated that he had left it at the farm and Samu said they should proceed to Marondera and verify whether he had a valid driver's licence.
The police officer took the wheels of the vehicle and the two drove to Marondera, some 80km away.
Along the way, Samu allegedly informed Nota that he could cover up the accident if Nota gave him $150 and Nota agreed.
On arrival at the farm, Nota managed to raise $50 and informed Samu to come and collect the remaining $100 the next day.
However, the police officer said he would not go anywhere. He indicated that he would wait for the outstanding cash and slept in the kombi.
The next morning, Nota failed to raise the required $100 and Samu threatened to arrest him and surrender the kombi at the Vehicle Inspection Department.
However, Samu failed to start the vehicle and took its battery to Marondera town for a recharge after locking the steering wheel with his handcuffs.
Nota became suspicious of the police officer's actions and informed his employer, Plaxedes Manjengwa. Manjengwa ordered Nota to call the police.
ZRP officers dispatched to the farm arrived at the same as Samu with the charged car battery and further interrogation led to his arrest.
The police officer is expected to appear in court this week.