The Chronicle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 18, 1991 — A Harare man who for nearly a month posed as a med­i­cal stu­dent from the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe and worked at Rusape Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal on at­tach­ment for that pe­riod has been fined $400.

In ad­di­tion, Allen Chisvo (23), who pleaded guilty, was sen­tenced to four months in jail wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

The mag­is­trate, Mr Andrew Msen­gezi, was told that in March this year, Chisvo went to the UZ cam­pus in Harare where he pre­sented him­self as a fourth year med­i­cal stu­dent to ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials.

He told them that he had lost his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card and re­quested that he be given a re­place­ment which he ob­tained.

On July 8, he con­tacted au­thor­i­ties at Rusape Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and in­tro­duced him­self as a med­i­cal stu­dent and asked if could be at­tached to the hos­pi­tal for prac­ti­cals dur­ing hol­i­days.

It was then agreed that he moves to Rusape and Chisvo started work the fol­low­ing day. He worked at the hos­pi­tal un­til Au­gust 3 when he went back to Harare.

Soon after he left the med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent at the hos­pi­tal, Dr Elias Kavuru, went to Harare and while there de­cided to visit Chisvo at the med­i­cal stu­dents’ res­i­dence at Parireny­atwa Hos­pi­tal. Alas, Chisvo was nowhere to be found and no­body knew him. Dr Kavuru then re­ported to the po­lice and Chisvo was ar­rested.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Chisvo said he had not treated any pa­tient and only ac­com­pa­nied pro­fes­sional doc­tors on their rounds.

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