Cops Want US$2 000 for Impounded MDC car

THE police have said they will release a luxurious BMW X5 vehicle used by MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai during his presidential election run-off campaign last year if the party pays a US$2 000 fine for allegedly breaching the Customs and Excise Act.

The vehicle was impounded from Tsvangirai in Matabeleland North on allegations that the now prime minister and South African businessman Adrian Espag had contravened the law when the vehicle was brought into the country.

Espag owns the bulletproof vehicle.

Job Sibanda, the lawyer representing Tsvangirai and Espag, said police have informed him that the vehicle can be released once a fine of US$2 000 has been paid.

“The police in Hwange have indicated that the two (Tsvangirai and Espag) flouted the Customs and Excise Act and the temporary import duty rules when they brought the car into the country. So the car will be released once we have paid the fine of US$2 000 that they are demanding,” Sibanda said this week.

He said he was currently working towards the release of the vehicle.

According to the Customs and Excise Act, a person who brings  a vehicle into the country has the sole use of the car and cannot leave it in the custody of any other person.

Espag brought the vehicle into Zimbabwe but later decided to leave the car in someone else’s possession.
The lawyers representing the two told the police that Espag had donated the vehicle to Tsvangirai through his confidante Jameson Timba. The police disputed the claim.

The police late last year had indicated that they wanted to question Timba, now the Deputy Minister of Information and Publicity, over the matter.

The police alleged that the person who was driving the car in the country was not authorised to use it.
The vehicle is parked at Lupane Police Station. Last week, Tsvangirai visited the police station and expressed concern at the neglect of the vehicle.

 

Loughty Dube

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