Woman rues forg­ing O-Level cer­tifi­cate

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Harare Metropolitan News - Tendai Ru­papa Se­nior Court Re­porter

A BID to se­cure a United States visa back­fired for a Harare woman af­ter the au­thor­i­ties dis­cov­ered that she forged a 1990 Or­di­nary Level cer­tifi­cate pur­port­ing that she passed seven sub­jects.

Rumbidzai Chamusin­garevi (46) of Dzi­varasekwa 1 had won a green card di­ver­sity com­pe­ti­tion and was to go and live in Amer­ica.

As part of the re­quire­ments to ob­tain a visa, Chamusin­garevi was or­dered to ten­der an O-Level cer­tifi­cate and since she had never sat for Or­di­nary Level, she then forged an Or­di­nary Level Cam­bridge cer­tifi­cate with seven passes.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions with the Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (ZIMSEC) re­vealed that the cen­tre and can­di­date num­ber which Chamusin­garevi used was for a can­di­date iden­ti­fied as En­nias who failed all the sub­jects.

Chamusin­garevi pleaded guilty to con­tra­ven­ing the Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil Act when she ap­peared in court be­fore Ms Tilda Mazhande.

She pleaded for the court’s le­niency while weep­ing.

“Your Wor­ship, I ad­mit to the charge. It is true that I forged the Or­di­nary Level cer­tifi­cate be­cause I never sat for the ex­ams. All I wanted was a bet­ter life so that I could take care of my chil­dren. Please for­give me,” she said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Francesca Mukumbiri told the court that Chamusin­garevi in­tended to move to Amer­ica af­ter win­ning a green card lot­tery.

On Oc­to­ber 5, she went to the US Em­bassy where she was ap­ply­ing for a visa and sub­mit­ted her cer­tifi­cates.

The forged cer­tifi­cate in­di­cated that Chamusin­garevi had two Bs and five Cs.

The au­thor­i­ties at the em­bassy then for­warded the cer­tifi­cate to ZIMSEC for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. It was then proved that it was fake. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice lead­ing to Chamusin­garevi’s ar­rest.

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