Day of reckoning for bogus CIO

HARARE - A Harare man who collected money from teachers masquerading as a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer will be sentenced today at the Harare Magistrates Court.

Agrippa Guti, 24, last week appeared before magistrate Lazarus Murendo facing two counts of impersonation and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition. He pleaded guilty to all counts.

Guti, who was supposed to be sentenced on Friday, was remanded to today by magistrate Anita Tshuma for sentence as magistrate Murendo was not around.

Circumstances are that in February this year, Guti went to Kuwadzana 7 Primary School where he met the head, Mezah Muzambiri. He introduced himself as Muzambiri’s former student and told him that he was now working in the President’s Office and had been sent to investigate a case of a child being denied a place to repeat studies at the school.

According to state papers, Muzambiri expressed ignorance on the matter and Guti left the premises.

After a month, Guti returned to Muzambiri and told him that he had a problem and needed $1 000 to bail out his brother who had been arrested for possessing marijuana. He promised to pay back in a week’s time.

Muzambiri borrowed the money from one of his teachers identified as Muzorori and gave Guti believing he was a real intelligence officer.

Using the same modus operandi, Guti approached Tendai Mhurukai, a teacher at the same school and asked for $340 which he promised to pay back by month end.

Guti was never seen from that day and the two filed a police report.

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

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

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