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Yeukai Karengezeka-Court Correspondent 

Pretending to be a police officer and demanding a US$2 bribe from an illegal vendor backfired for a Harare  man and landed him in court. 

Wiseman Makombe (30) appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Munashe Chibindi yesterday charged with extortion and impersonation. 

He was remanded in custody pending bail application.

Prosecuting, Mrs Grace Magocheke alleged that on June 5 at around 8.30am at Simon Muzenda  rank, Makombe approached the complainant and introduced himself as a policeman. 

He told the complainant that she was under arrest for illegal vending and demanded US$2 bribe in order to set her free. 

Instead, the complainant gave him $1 and he released her. 

On the same date again, at around 10am and at the same place Makombe approached another vendor Efewlance Mudimu who was selling freezits at the rank.

Makombe produced handcuffs and told her that she was under arrest for illegal vending. 

He demanded some money to set her free and the complainant gave him $2 400 and released her. 

The first complainant was later approached by someone whom she failed to identify who told her that she was arrested by a bogus police officer and was handed over to police officers on patrol at the rank. 

The two police officers arrested Makombe and was escorted to the Roadport base for further interrogation and verification. 

This is when Makombe was searched and they found him with a pair of handcuffs, a defaced ZNA ID card, ZNA ID card belonging to Mlilo Emma and John Stefani driver’s licence. 

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