Falsified Police Officer Arrested

A man from Epworth appeared in court over the weekend to face impersonation charges after posing as a police officer. When Luke Machonisa appeared before a Harare magistrate, he was not asked to plead.

The complainant, Tafadzwa Pani, was driving his car down Jason Moyo Avenue on July 14, according to the court.


Machonisa, along with two other men whose names are unknown, stopped him.

Machonisa was dressed as a police officer, and the three were driving a Nissan Tida.


He told Pani to park along the road.

It is alleged Machonisa disembarked from the car and got into Pani’s vehicle and told him that he was under arrest for disturbing the Presidential motorcade.

Machonisa’s accomplices demanded Pani’s driver’s licence, which he handed over to them. They allegedly directed Pani to drive his car to the police station.


On the way, Machonisa demanded US$200 from Pani in order to avoid arrest, but he refused because he did not have any money.

They were stopped by police officers who were out on patrol.

Machonisa opened the door and attempted to flee, but was apprehended by members of the public, resulting in his arrest.

The police uniform will be used as an exhibit in court.


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