Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Senior Police Officer allegedly at centre of corruption practices

The Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been ordered to investigate illegal dealings that have rocked the Transport and Communication Branch within the police service.

Information that has been passed to The Telegraph says a female senior Police Commissioner (known to this paper) is at the centre of both police investigations and those of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime.

The officer is alleged to have corruptly awarded several fat tenders.

The CID has been keeping her under surveillance for some time and they caught some police officers red handed at Commerce Park while they were off loading hay having used a government vehicle.

The investigations came after one the suspect, who was awarded a tender to provide hay, was arrested and detained at Urban Police Station and, during interrogation, related how the tender was won.

The Deputy Police Commissioner, Kenny Kapinga, told The Telegraph on Friday that “I am not aware of any corruption practice that has rocked the Transport and Communication Branch that involves tenders”.

He said that what he is aware of is a particular case that involves a purchase tender in which the matter is yet to be investigated.

He said the director of CID, Willmon Karahindi, is investigating the allegations and whoever is implicated will be interdicted from duty to allow the smooth running of the investigations.

“As I speak to you, the chief investigator is still on leave but as soon as he reports for duty he is expected to take about five days to complete the investigation,” he said.

Kapinga said there were people that were questioned but no one has been detained as yet.

Kapinga said he does not want to be drawn further into the issue because investigations are yet to be completed.

“I will able to respond accordingly after the chief investigator has completed his investigations,” he said.

Asked about a tender for high speed motor vehicles that were bought by his organization sometime ago, he said, “I was informed that the matter is being handled by DCEC and I cannot comment further on than that.”

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