Fake CIO to be sentenced

HARARE - A Harare man who allegedly collected money from teachers masquerading as a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer was yesterday arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

Agrippa Guti, 24, appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma facing two counts of impersonation and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition, pleading guilty to both counts.

He was remanded in custody to Friday for sentence.

The court heard sometime in February this year, Guti went to Kuwadzana 7 Primary School where upon arrival he met the headmaster, Mezah Muzambiri.

He allegedly introduced himself as Muzambiri’s former student and told him he was now working in the President’s office as a CIO officer and had been sent to investigate a case of a child who was being denied a vacancy to repeat at the school.

According to state papers, Muzambiri told him he was not aware of the issue and Guti left the premises.

After a month Guti allegedly went back to Muzambiri and told him he had a problem and needed $1 000 to pay for his brother who has been arrested for possessing marijuana and would repay in a week’s time.

Muzambiri, it is alleged borrowed the money from one of his teachers identified as Muzorori and gave Guti believing that he was a CIO agent.

Using the same modus operandi, Guti allegedly approached Tendai Mhurukai, a teacher at the same school and asked for $340 which he said would repay end of month.

Guti was never seen at the school again and the two filed a police report.

On September 3 this year at around 1400 hours police detectives acting on a tip-off confronted Guti, searched his bag and discovered 31 live rounds of point 375 millimetre caliber, 23 live rounds of point 5,56 millimetre caliber, 2 531 live rounds of point 90 millimetre caliber and five silencer barrels.

Guti failed to give a satisfactory explanation pertaining to the possession of such ammunition and was arrested.

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