Abus­ing First Lady’s name back­fires

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Ru­papa Se­nior Court Re­porter

A 41-YEAR-OLD Harare man yes­ter­day ap­peared in court for al­legedly draft­ing a let­ter pur­port­ing to be from First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe di­rect­ing En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Tsitsi Muzenda to give him a job in the min­istry. Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda, act­ing on the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, re­sponded by con­firm­ing re­ceipt of the let­ter and handed it back to the man for on­ward trans­mis­sion to the First Lady. Ven­gai Sit­hole also mis­rep­re­sented to the deputy min­is­ter that he once worked for the First Fam­ily be­fore he was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

A 41-YEAR-OLD Harare man yes­ter­day ap­peared in court for al­legedly draft­ing a let­ter pur­port­ing to be from the First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe, di­rect­ing En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Tsitsi Muzenda to give him a job in the min­istry.

Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda, act­ing on the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, re­sponded by con­firm­ing re­ceipt of the let­ter and handed it back to the man for on­ward trans­mis­sion to the First Lady.

Ven­gai Sit­hole also mis­rep­re­sented to the deputy min­is­ter that he once worked for the First Fam­ily be­fore he was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

Sit­hole ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Ms Nomsa Saba­rauta charged with fraud.

Rep­re­sent­ing the State, Mr Tapiwa Kasema op­posed bail say­ing Sit­hole was likely to ab­scond as he was of no fixed aboard.

He also sub­mit­ted that Sit­hole was fac­ing a se­ri­ous of­fence and was likely to be con­victed due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

In re­sponse, Sit­hole told the court that he had a house in Budiriro and was a fam­ily man, hence would not ab­scond.

Ms Saba­rauta re­manded him in cus­tody to Mon­day for bail rul­ing and or­dered the State to ver­ify if in­deed Sit­hole was of fixed aboard.

It is the State’s case that be­tween Au­gust 1 and Septem­ber 8 and on sev­eral other oc­ca­sions, Sit­hole went to Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda’s work­place where he mis­rep­re­sented to her that he was highly con­nected to the First Lady and as such she had re­ferred him to her.

He al­legedly said that Dr Mu­gabe wanted Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda to se­cure em­ploy­ment for him in her min­istry, be­fore giv­ing her the fake let­ter.

Sit­hole told the deputy that Dr Mu­gabe needed feed­back.

Sit­hole, the court heard, also lied that he resided at Dr Mu­gabe’s chil­dren’s home in Ma­zowe.

He fur­ther mis­rep­re­sented that he was once em­ployed by the First Fam­ily un­til he was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent in which he was se­ri­ously in­jured.

It is the State’s case that Sit­hole went on to tell Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda that af­ter the ac­ci­dent, the First Lady paid for his med­i­cal treat­ment and bought him hear­ing aids worth $1 600.

Sit­hole told the deputy min­is­ter that through the in­flu­ence of the First Lady, he had man­aged to sub­mit his cur­ricu­lum vi­taes to var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments seek­ing em­ploy­ment.

On Au­gust 29, Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda vis­ited the First Lady’s chil­dren’s home in Ma­zowe and through in­ves­ti­ga­tions dis­cov­ered that Sit­hole had mis­rep­re­sented facts af­ter the First Lady dis­tanced her­self from him.

Deputy Min­is­ter Muzenda made a re­port to the po­lice on Septem­ber 8.

The State says Sit­hole made mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the deputy min­is­ter know­ing that there was a pos­si­bil­ity that she could act and fa­cil­i­tate em­ploy­ment for him.

Dr Mu­gabe

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