Fraud ‘prophet’ jailed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A SELF-STYLED prophet has been jailed for steal­ing more than $100 from his client’s Eco-cash ac­count.

Dzin­gi­rai Damiso (31) of Em­gan­wini sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Abed­nico Nde­bele fac­ing two counts of theft for trans­fer­ring the money from the Eco­cash ac­count of his client, Mr Charles Amungani (59), who had ap­proached him for spir­i­tual heal­ing.

He pleaded guilty and was jailed for 12 months.Three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime within five years.

“You claim to be a prophet, a man of God, but your ac­tions do not tally with your claims. You should not take the name of the good Lord in vain. You are sen­tenced to 12 months in prison,” said mag­is­trate Nde­bele.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Bu­sani Moyo said on July 17, Mr Amungani went to Damiso’s res­i­dence for spir­i­tual heal­ing and was ac­com­pa­nied by his two daugh­ters.

“The com­plainant was in­structed to pay $25 for prod­ucts that were to be used for the heal­ing ses­sion. The com­plainant of­fered to make the pay­ment via Eco­cash and gave the ac­cused his phone and pin num­ber for him to ef­fect the trans­ac­tion as he was not very con­ver­sant with us­ing Eco­cash,” said Mr Moyo.

Damiso then trans­ferred more than he had been in­structed to. “There­after on July 17 he trans­ferred an­other amount, $27, to his for­mer wife’s phone with­out the com­plainant’s con­sent. The ac­cused trans­ferred a to­tal of $54 in­stead of $25 as per agree­ment.

“On July 24, 2016, the com­plainant went to the ac­cused’s res­i­dence for an­other ses­sion. Upon ar­rival, he was told to hand over his phone for safe keep­ing as the place of wor­ship was sa­cred, and thus, mo­bile phones were not al­lowed,” said Mr Moyo. “He used the pin code he had been given on July 17 to trans­fer $100 to his for­mer wife’s phone with­out the com­plainant’s con­sent.”

Mr Amungani re­alised that he had been de­frauded two weeks later and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice. The stolen money was not re­cov­ered. — @andile_ tshuma

Dzin­gi­rai Damiso

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