Harare Pastor dupes Chinhoyi community

14 Jul, 2021 - 11:07 0 Views
Harare Pastor dupes Chinhoyi community

H-Metro

Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
A Harare-based pastor who duped unsuspecting Chinhoyi residents of their hard earned money by promising a non-existent donor aid appeared in court.
Shepherd Muzvondiwa, 41, of Dzivaresekwa Extension appeared before Chinhoyi Provincial Magistrate Tapiwa Banda charged with fraud.

He was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment after full trial.

However, Magistrate Banda suspended six months on condition of good behaviour while another six months were suspended on restitution.

Muzvondiwa will serve an effective 12 months in jail.

Prosecuting, Review Nikisi told the court that on May 13, Muzvondiwa hatched a plan and approached Givemore Mtukura where he misrepresented to him that he was working for a Non-Governmental Organization called Universal Benefit Income which caters for the less privileged, vulnerable and was the national coordinator.

Muzvondiwa told Mtukura that the beneficiaries would receive US$5.50 per day, clothes and food hampers.

He instructed him to compile the names of the people to benefit and at the same time collecting US$2 from them as registration fees.

Mtukura then approached Simbarashe Rusvingo to be his secretary who then compiled 643 names and collected US$1178 and ZW$10 000 and handed it over to him.

Police received information that there was a registration programme in Chitambo Section in Chinhoyi and approached Rusvingo who then led the police to Muzvondiwa who had already collected the money and signed for it.

A verification exercise was conducted and it was established that the NGO is not a registered private voluntary organization in accordance with Zimbabwean law.

He was arrested and police managed to recover US$1078 and ZW$6000.

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