A POLICE officer based at Zezani Police Station in Beitbridge, Matabeleland South province has been locked up for allegedly force-marching his superior from his home to the office at gunpoint, protesting moves to charge him for indiscipline.
The officer, Rangarirai Dube, has pending cases of violating the Police Act.
Dube on Monday denied the charge of contravening the Fire Arms Act Chapter 10:09 (pointing a firearm at a person) when he appeared before Beitbridge magistrate Toindepi Zhou.
He was remanded in custody to July 13 for continuation of trial.
Prosecutor Munyonga Kuvarega told the court that on June 27, Dube went to officer-in-charge Inspector Cherechedzai Marisa’s residence at Zezani Police Camp and ordered him to the charge office to discuss why he wanted him to appear before a disciplinary hearing.
At the police station, Dube threatened to shoot Marisa if he proceeded with the disciplinary hearing and left. He was later arrested by colleagues at Zezani business centre while still carrying his service pistol.
In his statement, Marisa said Dube came to his house armed with a Mossberg shotgun.
“He (Dube) ordered me to walk in front of him to the charge office as he was pointing the firearm at me saying the gun was loaded,” he said.-NewsDay