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A 25-year-old Midlands State University student was Monday fined $200 for impersonating a police officer in order to gain admission to the just ended Zanu PF congress.

Brighton Nyasvisvo of Harare’s Kuwadzana Extension suburb was found guilty of the charge after a short trial by a Harare magistrate.

The court heard that, on December 4, Nyasvisvo went to Zanu PF headquarters where police details were being accredited ahead of the congress that concluded at the weekend.

Nyasvisvo is alleged to have joined the queue and provided his “force” number to a genuine officer Moses Rutope. Rutope smelt a rat and sought the help of a colleague who quizzed Nyasvisvo. Under questioning, the student allegedly gave a different “force number from the one he had given Rutope” leading to his arrest.

In a related matter, a Harare man Beavan Chipunza was jailed for an effective two months after being found guilty of impersonating a public prosecutor in the process duping an unsuspecting Mbare resident of $300.

Chipunza (27) was sentenced to a total of eight months in prison, two months of which were suspended on condition of good behaviour, while a further four will be set aside on condition the fraudster pays back the money he duped the complainant.

Delivering his verdict and sentence Magistrate Tendai Mahwe called for measures to curb a rise in such cases where fraudsters impersonate state officials.

“Cases of people posing as court officials are on the increase, such that a deterrent sentence is called for. A short and sharp custodial sentence will meet the justice of this case,” said Mahwe.

It is the state’s case that, on October 7 this year, Chipunza promised to help an unnamed man in recovering his $650 from a debtor who had defaulted. Chipunza claimed that he was a public prosecutor at the Civil Courts.

Chipunza is alleged to have demanded $300 as administrative fees before he became elusive following the payment. The matter was reported to the police leading to Chipunza’s arrest and subsequent arraignment before the courts.

Source : New Zimbabwe