CASH in transit?
An unidentified traffic cop was spotted by shoppers in the heart of the city in Bulawayo loading bulk notes into a bag.
He was being assisted to fill the bag by two cellphone dealers at a flea market stall.
Sources said the policeman walked in casually as if it was his modus operandi but the money (American dollars and local bond notes) were too much to ignore.
“I saw the police officer talking to the two gentlemen after a few minutes he gave them his bag and they took out huge blocks of money and started putting them in the bag. I was stunned because the money was a lot,” said a witness.
In the age of social media, the transaction was difficult to ignore and out he took his smartphone.
“I took out my phone and started recording, after a while the three became suspicious and I swiftly walked away,” said the witness.
One wonders what the deal was all about but it couldn’t have been policing work.
Early this week the Officer-in-Charge at Plumtree Police Station, Inspector Ginger Vhiyano and six subordinates appeared in court in connection with gold worth US$1 million that was stolen at the police station. It had been kept under police guard as exhibit relating to a smuggling case.
Bulawayo Metropolitan police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango said there was nothing wrong with what the policeman was allegedly up to.
“It is not a crime for a police officer to be spotted counting money in public except if there is evidence that one is involved in a dirty deal,” she said.