ZVISHAVANE – Two job seekers from Zvishavane landed themselves in trouble recently after they forged two signatures of high-ranking Zanu PF officials in a letter to Mimosa Mining Company purportedly instructing the firm to employ them.
The two, Stern Charumengwe and Osborn Maranda, forged signatures of Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere.
Both were convicted of forgery and impersonation when they appeared at the Zvishavane Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
On September 28, Charumengwe forged Mnangagwa’s signature in a letter to Mimosa Mine’s human resources manager Peter Mtombeni to secure employment, claiming he was the Zanu PF legal secretary’s nephew.
As a result of the misrepresentation, Charumangwe was eventually called for an interview where the scam was discovered, leading to his arrest.
Maranda employed the same trick after forging Kasukuwere’s signature, who is also Zanu PF deputy secretary for youth, on October 3 and was granted a job at the mining company. However, Mtombeni later found out that the letter was fake, leading to Maranda’s dismissal and arrest.
The two were convicted after pleading guilty when they appeared before magistrate Story Rushambwa, who remanded them in custody to today for sentence.