BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
THE five Ruwa Local Board security guards charged with criminal abuse of office and extortion were yesterday granted $10 000 bail each by Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje.
As part of their bail conditions, the accused were ordered to continue residing at their given addresses and not to interfere with State witnesses.
They were remanded to April 14.
The accused allegedly attempted to extort money from businesswoman Loice Musasiwa after accusing her of operating an illegal grinding mill in Ruwa.
The incident happened on March 15.
It is alleged that the accused persons demanded a US$100 bribe from Musasiwa to allow her to continue operating after they had closed her shop.
Musasiwa informed her son who in turn reported the matter to the police.
A trap was set by the police, leading to their arrest upon receiving marked bribe money.