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Fake Zacc officials set up ‘check point’ at Beitbridge

TWO men from Chitungwiza and their accomplice from Kadoma have been arrested after they set up an illegal “check point” at Beitbridge Border Post where they stopped and searched buses while masquerading as Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) officials

Langton Madzore (29) and Taurai Zindoga (29), both of Chitungwiza and Benard Mateyo (36) of Kadoma even tried to open an illegal office within the port of entry.

However, alert border authorities arrested the three on Christmas Day as they were attempting to search a cross-border bus near the arrivals exit gate.

The three have since appeared before Beitbridge Magistrate Varaidzo Gabi charged with impersonating a public official and have been denied bail twice.

State prosecutor Elizabeth Vengedza told the court that on December 24, the trio hatched a plan to impersonate Zacc members and drove to Beitbridge in a Toyota SE Vintage Sprinter.

On Christmas Day, at around 2pm, they then set up their own ‘check point’ near the arrivals exit gate, where they started recording details of all vehicles that were exiting the border.

They were then spotted by border security officials who approached them after they had stopped a bus that was travelling to Harare.

Upon enquiries, the trio identified themselves as anti-corruption officials and produced some identification cards purportedly from Zacc.

Verifications were done and it was discovered that the documents were fake, resulting in their arrest.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Gabi remanded them in custody to January 11 in the interim.

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