by Simbarashe Sithole
Two Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers attached to law and order section at Kwekwe Central Police station were yesterday given marching orders at Gweru immigration offices after illegally arresting a Chinese national.
The two detectives Daniel Chishapira and one Mutaiwa had arrested and escorted Hu DongDong to the immigration offices for what they termed further processing.
Dongdong’s lawyer Lenon Mapfumo confirmed the case
“I can confirm that my client Hu DongDong who was employed by Ming Chang Sino Africa t/a Gwende Milling Kwekwe as a translator and was summarily dismissed from employment after a fallout with the company over unpaid salaries and two CID officers arrested him soon after cancellation of his employment permit before escorting him to the immigration offices where they were given marching orders an immigration officer Tendai Maponga for the illegal act,” said Mapfumo.
It is further alleged that the Chinese national who had earlier on been detained at Amaveni police station spent the better part of the day being questioned at CID Kwekwe Central police law and order department.
Officer in Charge law and order Edward Pedze personally arrested Hu DongDong in the company of one Constable Chishapira and indicated that they were verifying his residence status in the country, as they had received a tip off indicating that he was illegally residing in the country.
After having presented his passport the police established, he was still legally in the country but detained for about 5 hours and before referring the matter to Gweru immigration department.
The detectives were asked to leave the hearing as their presence was premature.
“I do not think it is necessary for CID to be present in this hearing or why you detained him because from the papers before me he is still legally in the country and as such he has not yet committed any offence and his detention by the police was unlawful,” Maponga told the detectives.
After brief deliberations by immigration officials Hu DongDong was issued with another notice advising him to leave the country tomorrow.
Midlands spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko’s said he is yet to receive the report