ZINARA employee nabbed for fake qualifications
A ZINARA employee was yesterday dragged to court charged for fraud after she reportedly submitted fake qualifications that saw her working for the authority since 2015.
The suspect Mollin Gumbo was not asked to plead when she appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi who released her on $20 000 bail and ordered her not to interfere with state witnesses and to report once every Friday at Ruwa Police Station.
The court heard that on November 9, 2015, Gumbo applied for a post of General Hand at ZINARA using a fake Ordinary Level Certificate and the certificate in her file has the following symbols, Mathematics-C, English-A, Religious Studies-B, Commerce-B, Principles of Accounts-C and Integrated Science-C.
On November 19, 2015, Gumbo was engaged and posted to work at ZINARA canteen as a general hand which is at 489 Runville Glenroy Shopping Centre Highlands and has been promoted to the post of Vehicle Licencing clerk.
The court heard that on May 4, 2021, investigating officers from Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission received information that she had used fake results to get employment at ZINARA.
The investigators went to ZIMSEC offices with a copy of the certificate and were told that by merely looking at the certificate, any ZIMSEC official could tell it was fake by merely looking at it because of the font size, dating and alignment of words.
The certificate was checked in the database and the symbols were not the ones she had attained and her results were absent for Maths, Science, Religious Studies, Principles of Accounts, Commerce-D and English-D.
ZINARA claims that it lost $747 345 through salaries and benefits.
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