Blessing Mushandu (28) who was on the run after faking the death of former Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Khumbulani Mpofu and asking for a $1 000 donation from Robert Noel Peter Gugo, was arrested and appeared before magistrate Nyarai Ringisai facing fraud charges. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded out of custody to May 2.
The court heard that Mushandu and his accomplice Tichaona Chikwa on March 22 approached Gugo who is the operations manager at Tribal Logistics Company with a fake letter bearing a Zanu-PF logo and allegedly written by the party’s provincial treasurer Simon Khabo, requesting for $1 000 to cover funeral expenses for Mpofu who is still alive. The duo even produced a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (BD12 Form) referring to the deceased as Mpofu.
Gugo became suspicious and carried out investigations leading to him discovering that the request was not genuine and that Mpofu was alive. He alerted the police at Donnington who rushed at the scene and found the two receiving money from Gugo. Mushando was asked to present himself at Donnington Police Station since he was driving his own car but he allegedly disappeared along the way. Follow ups were made leading to his arrest.
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