JUDGMENT day for police boss Erasmus Makodza, who is facing corruption charges, has been set for next month.
Makodza completed his defence yesterday before Harare regional magistrate Noel Mupeyiwa pronounced February 9, as the D-Day.
Makodza’s defence witness, Davison Nkomo, who is also his driver, exonerated his boss saying he never saw him in the meetings where the police boss’ “girlfriend” was awarded the police farm in Mashonaland East Province.
He further reiterated Makodza’s claims that the Investigating Officer, Eric Chacha, asked him to advise his boss to resign, or else he would get arrested.
Allegations are that in 2019, Makodza — who was the officer commanding Mashonaland East — hatched a plan to corruptly benefit from projects in the province at Lendy Farm in Marondera.
Lendy Farm is owned by ZRP Mash East province.
The State alleges that pursuant to the plan, Makodza imposed Maonei Chapfudza, as a private investor in horticulture, poultry and piggery on Stephen Zengeya, who was the Assistant Commissioner, responsible for Administration.
Makodza allegedly knew fully well that Chapfudza was not a private investor but was the mother of his child born in 2017.
To cover all this up, Makodza reportedly allowed the process of engaging Chapfudza to go through his subordinates, who corruptly cleared her.
Investigations established the criminal abuse of duty.
Throughout the trial, Makodza maintained his innocence, arguing that he disclosed that Chapfudza was his acquaintance and he couldn’t take part in any meetings that included her on the agenda.