New Zimbabwe (London)

23 August 2014

Zimbabwe: Luck Runs Out for Cheating Ex-Mutare Poly Student

A FORMER Mutare Polytechnic Electronic Engineering student was last week slapped with a nine-month jail sentence for defrauding the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) of $1,000.

Blessing Batawo, 25, was facing five counts of fraud. He pleaded guilty when he appeared before Mutare magistrate Sekai Chiwundura.

The magistrate slapped him with a nine-month jail sentence for fraud which was wholly suspended.

Two months were suspended on condition he did not commit a similar offence in the next five years.

Another two months were suspended on condition that Batawo returns the $1,000 that he swindled the ZETDC after he misrepresented to the company that he was still a student at the college.

The remaining five months were wholly suspended on condition that he performs 175 hours of community service at Mutare Magistrates' Court.

Prosecutor, Brian Goto told the court that sometime in January this year, Batawo dropped out of college. He however, hatched a plan to defraud the power utility by claiming that he was looking for student attachment.

Batawo produced documents that he got from Mutare Polytechnic leading to the ZETDC giving him a place in February.

On July 29, the ZETDC human resources department made a claim at the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) as per requirements.

It was then discovered that Batawo was not a registered student at the college and a police report was made leading to his arrest.

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