A Harare man who impersonated Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in a bid to avoid paying his hospital bills will spend the weekend in remand prison awaiting his bail ruling on Monday.
Marlon Katiyo (35)’s bail application was opposed by prosecutor Monalisa Magwenzi on the grounds that he was a flight risk and would abscond.
Katiyo, who is of no fixed abode, was facing fraud charges when he appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi.
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From some time last month and up to Wednesday this week he allegedly visited Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Avenues Clinic to seek medical attention for his headache problem.
Prosecutors allege that Katiyo gave the hospitals false information regarding his names.
He allegedly misrepresented to the hospital officials on several occasions that he was Marlon Katiyo, Tendai Marara, General Chiwenga and Dominic Chiwenga to avoid detection when fraudulently acquiring medical services.
He was treated at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and went away.
The State further alleges that through the misrepresentation, Katiyo intended to avoid being detected when his payments to the hospital were due.