Cop busted with six bags of mbanje takes colleagues on roller coaster farm chase
By Nkosana Dlamini
A police officer who was caught transporting six bags of mbanje in his car decided to take his colleagues on a roller coaster car chase into farms in Marondera in what would leave movie script writers green with envy.
According to a police memo, Constable Berlin Dombudzvuku (29) of ZRP Support Unit in Chikurubi, Harare, who was decked out in police attire, was Thursday driving a Toyota Sienta loaded with bags of dagga from Macheke towards Marondera.
Three teams of detectives who had been tipped off about the mischief were deployed and intercepted the vehicle at the 80km peg Harare -Mutare Highway just outside Marondera town.
Reads the memo, “The teams made a U turn and the accused observed that he was being followed passed through a red robot at N. Richards turn off and turned left at Chicken inn robots into first street, Marondera where he was signalled to stop but increased his speed along the said road.
“Another team blocked accused at bridge road whilst accused drove into Borrowdale farm where he made a right turn.
“The teams still in pursuit, the accused went towards ten miles where he was intercepted by another team. He made a U turn into Wedza road and drove for approximately 5 kilometres only to find the road blocked by the teams.
“He drove along the verge of the road and hit a stationery motor vehicle Regius registration number AET 3074 being driven by James Jana NR 43-12658-S-43 of 10083 Chitepo Extension, Marondera and he swerved.
“The vehicle had deflated tyres and accused disembarked and fled with the team in pursuit until he was arrested.”
The incident follows the many cases in which serving police officers have been accused of being used by criminals syndicates to transport contraband as they are often spared from searches at roadblocks manned by their colleagues.