Court orders retrial of bogus CIO
A BULAWAYO magistrate has ordered the retrial of a local man who allegedly masqueraded as a top Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s close aide and duped Ingwebu Breweries of $1 200 and 375 litres of diesel.
Henessy Dube, who was previously convicted for six months for masquerading as a doctor at Mpilo Central Hospital, allegedly met Ingwebu Breweries managing director Dumisani Mhlanga and identified himself as CIO director of operations before producing a fake identity card.
Dube allegedly offered to use his influence to help the firm recover money from its debtors.
The court heard that Dube also stole his brother’s identity card and academic certificates which he used to apply for a teaching post and was subsequently employed as a teacher and deployed in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North Province.
Dube had pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, impersonating a public officer and making false statements to deceive a registration officer.
During mitigation, Dube changed his plea, telling the court that he committed the offences under the instructions of former Cabinet
ministers Jonathan Moyo, Happyton Bonyongwe, Saviour Kasukuwere, Obert Mpofu and Ignatious Chombo.
Following his claims, presiding magistrate Shepherd Munjanja ordered that he be evaluated by two psychiatrists who certified him as medically fit.
When he appeared for sentencing on Monday, Dube who was not legally represented applied that his guilty plea be altered to not guilty.
He told the court that he pleaded guilty under instruction of his lawyer yet he was innocent.
Munjanja remanded the matter to today for trial commencement.
Prosecutor Leonard Chile alleged that in May last year, Dube visited Ingwebu Breweries head offices where he met Mhlanga and claimed he was in Bulawayo as part of a team of Mnangagwa’s close security aides during the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
The court heard that at that time, the firm was facing operational challenges, some emanating from failure by debtors to settle their debts.
“The accused person indicated to Mhlanga that he had picked information pertaining to the ill-treatment of workers and war veterans by management including the impending retrenchment of workers.
“He told the managing director that Mnangagwa was not amused.
“Due to his misrepresentation, Mhlanga was convinced and he briefed Dube on the goings on at the company with the accused person promising to render assistance.
“A few days later, Dube returned to Ingwebu Breweries and offered to use his authority to pressurise the company’s debtors, which included companies contracted on beer-hall franchise, to pay their debts and the management agreed,” Chile said.
Following Dube’s intervention, some debtors honoured their commitments, the court heard.
He also allegedly pressured management to employ his friends whom he claimed were students on attachment from the CIO.