DRAMA: Tables turn as popular sangoma gets arrested after accusing woman of extortion


A TRADITIONAL healer claims a suspect, who was nabbed in an extortion case he filed, was released, without charge, in unclear circumstances.

Instead, he claims, he was the one who was arrested, on rɑpǝ charges.

Sekuru Jimson Nyasara claims Constance Makumbe demanded US$10 000 from him or she would report him for rɑpǝ, if he did not comply.

He reported the case at Southlea Park Police Station, under CR 174/5/23, and there is video evidence to show the suspect being arrested.

However, he claims Constance’s relationship with a senior police officer ensured his case ended up being shelved.

The investigating officers, he claims, were also threatened.

He has lodged a complaint against Southlea Police Station at Police General Headquarters under 258/23.

Constance’s friend also reported her to the police claiming she was threatened with unspecified action if she did not collaborate with her in the rape case.

Caroline reported Constance at Southlea Police Station, under CR 173/5/23.

Both cases did not go to court.

The investigating officers, claimed the traditional healer, were threatened with transfers, if they pursued the cases against Constance.

Sekuru Nyasara told H-Metro that he had lost faith in the cops who were investigating his case.

“I respect our police, but the investigating officers released Constance, who wanted to extort me of US$10 000, without taking the matter to court.

“When I sought answers from the police station, I learnt that a senior officer related to Constance interfered with the case.

“That’s why I approached PGHQ.

“I am waiting for justice and want to believe that the police do not tolerate such unprofessional conduct from a few officers.”

Constance, who is believed to have relocated to Checheche in Chimanimani, could not be reached for comment.

Constance had consulted Sekuru Nyasara and paid him US$150.

She demanded her money back claiming that she had not noticed any change in the issue she had consulted him for.

National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, confirmed that investigations were being carried out into allegations of extortion, rape and police malpractice.

“Investigations with a view to ascertain what exactly transpired have since begun,” he said.

— HMetro

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