Land baron jailed 12 years

HARARE - A land baron who fleeced home seekers of $80 000 after illegally selling stands in Pomona using duplicated documents from the Public Works ministry was yesterday jailed for 12 years.

Simon Boora was convicted on six counts of fraud by Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe who conceded that such crimes were on the rise hence a deterrent sentence was called for.

Of the 12 years, four were suspended on condition that Boora restitutes the complainants’ $80 000 and another three years on condition of good behaviour.

Boora, 31, will serve an effective five years.

“I have taken into account that the accused person is a first offender and father of two children. However, he began his criminal career on the deep end and did not disclose to the complainants that he had left Local Government (ministry),” Mahwe said.

“Some of the complainants sacrificed their pensions hoping to get a home and the accused person received that money knowing fully that his cooperative was operating illegally and unregistered.”

One of the complainants was Douglas Manjega, 35, of Budiriro 4 Extension.

Prosecutor Fransisca Mukumbiri proved that sometime in December 2014 Ignitius Muguni told Manjega that Mukushi Housing Co-operative was selling stands in Pomona.

He introduced Manjega to Boora who confirmed that he was selling the stands on behalf of the Local Government ministry.

Manjega then deposited $10 000 into Mukushi Housing Co-operative’s bank account to which Boora was a signatory.

When the complainant approached the ministry, Boora connived with Owen Vengai Katsande and convinced Manjega that everything was legal.

Manjega believed that he had bought a residential stand measuring 1 200 square metres yet Mukushi Housing Co-operative was not registered with either the Small and Medium Enterprises ministry or Local Government.

He lost $10 000 and nothing was recovered.

Boora used the same modus operandi and duped five other complainants of various amounts.

Comments (1)

Anomyama mhunu uyu.Before embarking on this business, he should had sort advice from Chivayos, Chiyangwa and others .They would had given lessons how one gets money out of fraudulent methods without being made accountable by the police.Simply book a lunch and have it with the first family and must have photos taken with it.That is enough to fend off prying eagle eyes of the police.Next step pledge unwavering loyalty to the First Family and a pledge of donations towards the birth day occasions of the members of the First Family,then you are home and dry,no more harassment from the police no matter how much one steals from state owned companies.

Gen. Spinola - 13 August 2016

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