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$60 000 nurse training fraud busted

By Tawanda Homba

A syndicate that terrorised Masvingo and many parts of the country, swindling job seekers looking for nurse-training places of more than $60 000 by using fraudulently acquired ecocash numbers to receive bribes has been busted by the Police.

Six suspects including an Econet employee and two nurses were arrested and they appeared in court on Monday. Police believe more suspects could be on the run.

Patricia Magazini, the suspected ring leader based in Bikita and Beauty Dzviti, an Econet employee based at Jerera Growth Point in Zaka were given stiff bail of $300 each and are to appear on December 29, 2017 before Masvingo Magistrate Peter Madiba while four others were released because Police detained them beyond the permissible 48 hours before taking them to court.

Some of the suspects are being represented by Owen Mafa of Mutendi Mudisi and Shumba Legal Practitioners and there are 55 complainants who have so far approached the Police.

Two suspects Jairos Mupamhadzi and Respina Manjeru are nurses at Silveira Mission Hospital in Bikita and Odzi Rural Health Centre, respectively and they are husband and wife.

The other suspects are Hebert Munyikwa, Martha Nyapokoto who stay in Bikita.

This case is probably the worst cyber crime committed in Masvingo where more than 55 job seekers were swindled of a minimum of $840 each through fraudulently registered Ecocash numbers.

Dzviti is accused of issuing out lines to the suspects without following procedures and ascertaining names, ID numbers and addresses. She is also accused of receiving a bribe from Magazini in order to facilitate the release of the lines.

The case became difficult for Police to unravel because the suspects used cellphone lines registered under false names and addresses to commit the crimes.

It is the State case that Magazini, Jairosi Mupamhadzi, Respina Manjeru, Munyikwa and Nyapokoto opened Econet lines using fictitious names and addresses with the help of Dzviti.

They then advertised nurse-training places at Masvingo Provincial and other hospitals on social media and The Herald and they used the fictitious Econet lines as their contact numbers.

The suspects demanded bribes of $840 from each of the applicants who expressed an interest in the places and they masqueraded and used names of senior nurses and doctors at Masvingo Provincial Hospital, the Provincial Medical Director’s offices and other clinics and hospitals.

The suspects also published a false list of successful candidates who were going to start their training programme in May 2018 and these names appeared in The Herald in September 2017.

The purpose of the publication was to hoodwink the general public into believing that the scheme was genuine. Many victims narrate heart-rending stories where their poor parents sold several beasts in order to raise money for the bribes.

Victims who soon realised that they were conned could not trace the culprits because the lines used were fraudulently registered and in some cases the lines were deactivated after they were used to swindle a number of people.

The crime was busted on December 15, 2017 when Police detective Power Gwande accompanied by a senior nurse at Masvingo Provincial Hospital who became worried that her name was consistently being used in the commission of the crime phoned one of the numbers pretending that they wanted a place and they were calling from Chipinge when they actually were in Masvingo.

They spoke to Magazini who asked them to meet her but later changed the meeting place . When the investigating team arrived in Masvingo Magazini tried to change the rendezvous again but said she had heavy luggage and pleaded with her to stop changing meeting places.

Detectives were then deployed at Chicken Inn and they closely monitored the movements of Magazini who was already there arrived and arrested Magazini as she was receiving the bribe money.

She was allegedly found with some of the lines that were used in the commission of the crime.

A search at her place revealed more evidence and it is then that she implicated the other five suspects including Dzviti. Masvingo Mirror

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Evil

  • Jail them

  • ‘Fraudulently acquired ecocash numbers’ how?

  • The following was sent to me by a friend when I enquired in why the fuss on “DONALD TRUMP’S SPEECH ON WHY HE HATES AFRICANS & ARABS”.*

    *We are not obliged, even for a second, to try to prove to anybody and especially to blacks and Arabs that we are superior people – we have demonstrated that to the black and Arabs in 1001 ways.*
    *The America we know today was not created by wishful thinking.We created it at the expenses of intelligence, sweat, and blood…..we do not pretend like other whites that we like the blacks – We must admit, without any fear, that we don’t like them, and for so, so, many valid reasons.*

    *The fact that blacks and Arabs look like human beings does not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles because they look alike. if God had wanted us to be equal to blacks and Arabs, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect. But he created us differently. Whites, blacks, yellow, the rulers and the ruled. intellectually we are superior to the blacks and Arabs.That has been proven beyond the reasonable doubt over the years.*

    *I believe that a white man is an honest, God fearing person who has demonstrated practically the right way of being a human. By now every one of us has seen it practically that blacks and Arabs cannot rule themselves. Give them guns and they will kill each other.*

    *They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives, alcoholism, witchcraft, indulging in sex, pretending in church, jealousy, fighting and complaining of bad leadership; but, yet refuse to take a decisive action and protest to remove the brigands from position of power.*

    *Their only main concern (which according to me is stupidity of the highest magnitude) is same – sex marriages.They keep pointing fingers to us, we the west, that we have legalised it in our countries, and that we always outspokenly support gay people around the world. And because they always foolishly want to demostrate their ignorance, hatred and fear about the subject, some of them have even enacted harsh laws to codemn their own gay citizens.This shows that beyond illusions and doubt, what people do with their own bodies is Africans main concern. I hear they even strip their women publicly.*

    *Let us all accept the fact that the black man is a symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence.To make the matter worse, he can do everything possible to defend his stupidity. Give them money for development and they will fight and create hatred and enmity for themselves. Drill oil wells for them and they will not have peace all the days of their life.*
    *See, for instance, what’s happening in Nigeria (a Country blessed with abundant resources), Southern Sudan, Malawi, DRC just to mention a few.*
    *”This proves to anybody including a stupid fool that Africans do not know what they want. isn’t that plausible”?*
    *”They are like monkeys looking for already ripping banana all over the world!!!.*

    *Therefore that the white man is created to rule the black man, Africans will always have day dreams.*
    *And here is the creature (black man) that lacks foresight but only sees what is near him and still fails to know what to do”*
    *A black man is stupid to the extent that he cannot plan for his life beyond a year. Therefore how can they develop and live longer.*

    *”Corruption in the west (And China) is a big abomination, but in Africa, it’s so huge that it is slowly becoming an acceptable way of life!!!.*(Shame, isn’t it?)

    *They sing and rejoice to their corrupt political leaders.They worship their scandal-ridden religious leaders like their gods. Lest you forget, these so called Africans are praising, dancing and praying for the people that have impoverished them,and who comes to hide their loot here.*

    *Then which fool argues that the black man is not born a beggar, grows a beggar, looks a beggar, falls sick as a beggar and dies a beggar. this has been proven beyond reasoning.*
    *I wonder why even up to now most Africans still go to school by force, and those who are at school are are just drug addicts who don’t know what took them there. This is a pregnant stupidity in Africa that needs Jesus’s immediate second coming. the body of Africans is a very fertile ground for all diseases in the world because they don’t fear even HIV/AIDS.*
    *This leaves me with a question: Are our eyes created the same with those Africans? I hear there are still cultures in Africa that prohibit them from using latrines which is very annoying.*

    *”They cried for independence but have failed to rule themselves”. For sure being African is a very untreatable disease that even prayers are not enough.*
    *They have minerals but they cannot do anything with it. Therefore let us (whites) go to Africa and pick what we can pick and leave what is of no use. Poverty is a disease to the whites, but to the blacks it is very normal.*

    *”Look at what is currently going on in Nigeria National Assembly. Legislators amending the constitution to favor themselves at the expense of two (200) million Nigerians. The present administration now have no economic blueprint plan, rather than noise and false propaganda. Characterised with hatred and witch hunt/impoverishment”.*
    *”Majority of these legislators are treasury looters who are intellectually barren but using the ill gotten wealth to oppress the citizens of that great country”.*

    *”What a shame”!*
    *Black people with black sense, and a sick president in London for medical tourism!!!.*

    *The worst tragedy in Africa is that if you dare stand up and speak up for what’s right, you may end up regretting.*
    *”The few wise and open-minded Africans who have tried to educate these fools about civilization have met the worst.They have been pushed hard on the wall, they have been silenced and others have been killed”.*
    *Before I finish, let me tell Africans that before you jump and call me a racist, an anti-blacks or whatever term you may wish to use against me,1st tackle runaway corruption, dreadful terrorism, tribalism, poverty, unemployment, diseases, illiteracy, ignorance, and inequality, that have put your whole continent on the verge of collapse”.*
    *”Hate me or love me, I don’t care.I know this is the plain truth which will never see the light of the day to the cowards that are afraid to be told as it is”.*
    *”Jesus please hurry and save Africans and Arabs”. A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE.*
    *By- Donald .J. Trump.*

    *PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERY AFRICAN AND POLITICAL LEADERS SO THAT AFRICA IN OUR OWN TIME WILL EMERGE AN INDUSTRALISED CONTINENT TO PUT THE TRUMPS AND WHITE SUPREMACIST TO SHAME.*

    *IF YOU READ THIS AND YOU ARE NOT CHALLENGED AS A HUMAN YOU ARE A BORN FOOL!*

    #RISEUPAFRICA!

  • TRUMP is right at the end of the day

  • Lock them away

  • People of this nature must be locke up

  • Ehh coz of the rampant corruption in the institutions, some ill-mannered citizens take advantage of the poor citizens who are trying hard to make ends meet….wat a shame!!!Deal wth them accordingly pliz

  • Kill them

  • See you ZRP this is exactly your job not trying to become treasury on our roads and frustrating already tired drivers.if you really concentrate on your core duties and maintain just a reasonable presence on the roads all this thievery will go away