Since the launch of the highly successful Operation Hakudzokwi last November, many diamond dealers have since appeared before the courts and had their properties forfeited to the State after failing to account how they had acquired them.

Mavhiza appeared before Mutare magistrate Mr Noah Gwatidzo, who remanded him in custody to July 31.Mr Nelson Makunyire prosecuted.
Allegations against Mavhiza are that sometime in November last year, he approached the complainant, Melody Kasambira and lied that her vehicle was about to be confiscated by security forces because she was a diamond dealer.

"He then promised Kasambira that he would safe-keep the Toyota RAV 4. She then gave him the vehicle with the trust that he would safe-keep it," said Mr Makunyire.

It is further alleged that when Kasambira approached Mavhiza to collect the vehicle, she was given many excuses on the whereabouts of her vehicle, forcing her to report the matter to the police.

Mavhiza was arrested, but denied ever taking Kasambira’s vehicle.However, investigations by the police led to the recovery of the vehicle in Burma Valley, but the gearbox and engine were missing.The engine and gearbox were later recovered in Sakubva from Axston Mafiyo.He was also arrested and is facing charges of trying to defeat the course of justice.

Since the launch of Operation Hakudzokwi, several law enforcement agents have been brought before the courts for various offences, chief among them, robbery and fraud.Meanwhile, police are yet to arrest five law enforcement agents, who were supposed to appear before the courts in June for allegedly robbing a suspected diamond dealer of US$17 580.

The five – Bernard Magaisa (41), Bramwell Genesis (31), Taka Gutsa (27), Kudzanai Kuudzadombo (30) and Simbarashe Mashayamombe (30) — are believed to have fled the country.In June, a soldier and a policeman attached to the ongoing Operation Hakudzokwi , together with a villager from Marange were hauled before the courts for allegedly robbing a suspected diamond dealer of US$5 700.

The trio – Tobias Dhavu ( ZRP Mutare Central), Promise Mundenda (soldier, Brady Barracks, Bulawayo) and Ishmael Fungirai are out on bail. 

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