Harare – A city man who reportedly defrauded several people of more than $10 000 under the pretext that he was the Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Settlement, Retired Air Marshal Perence Shiri appeared in court today.
The State led by prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that during the period extending from May 10 to September of 2018, Blessing Vuva (32) called his victims pretending to be Perence Shiri.
Vuva allegedly told his victims that they were required to pay processing fees for land offer letters they were about to receive which needed to be sped up.
On May 10, 2018, Vuva allegedly told Cullen Richards, who had a pending appeal at the ministry of Agriculture that he had been offered a farm in Beatrice.
He instructed Richards to pay $1 767.00 into an Ecocash number that was registered under the name, Mary Shiri, the court heard.
The money was transferred into the Ecocash account.
Using the same modus operandus, Vuva allegedly attempted the trick on 17 other complainants.
He was not always lucky however. Of the 18 complainants, only 11 were prejudiced. 7 of the complainants ‘smelt a rat’ and did not oblige to the request to send money.
Vuva is also alleged to have purported to other complainants that he is Brigadier Brighton Manyika, whom he claimed to be attached to the ministry of Agriculture.
He appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing 18 counts of fraud.