Police Officer Under Fire For Robbing Apostle Chiriseri’s Corpse
Tawanda Mawere (32) a police officer accused of robbing the late Apostle Charles Chiriseri’s corpse of $200 is facing disciplinary hearing after losing an appeal against his bosses.
The alleged connived with another cop Mkhokheli Mpofu (30) who has since died and Mthandazo Rick Dube (34) from the Bulawayo Fire Brigade to steal the late Apostle Chiriseri’s money recovered from the accident scene.
After being cleared by the criminal court he is arguing that he cannot be tried for the same offence under the Police Act and sought an order for disciplinary hearing.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Nicholas Mathonsi said although Mawere was prosecuted in a criminal court and acquitted, he was still liable for disciplinary action in terms of the Police Act.
“The position of our law at the moment clearly states that a police officer who has been prosecuted in the criminal court is still liable for disciplinary action in terms of the Police Act. The Police Act deals with the enforcement of discipline and the first respondent (Comm-Gen Matanga) has the administrative authority to arrest indiscipline within the police force,” he said.
Justice Mathonsi said even though Mawere has been acquired by the criminal court he is still entitled to disciplinary hearing charges.
“The legislative interventions were designed to make police officers liable under both criminal and civil and disciplinary law for the same conduct. What this means therefore is that the applicant is standing on sinking ground and the application for an interdict must therefore fail as what is lawful cannot be interdicted,” he said.
“In the result, the application for an interdict against the disciplinary trial is hereby dismissed,” ruled Justice Mathonsi.
The judge ruled that the trial will place in Bulawayo.