Convicted bogus medical doctor, a State registered nurse at Parirenyatwa Hospital Jacob Chiweshe (35) was yesterday slapped with a seven-month jail term after divulging that he was influenced to compile a fake medical report by former Reserve Bank advisor Munyaradzi Kereke’s personal chauffer Privilege Maturure for a reward.
Chiweshe made the disclosures through lawyer Tapiwa Makanza when he appeared before provincial magistrate Faith Mushure on a forgery charge.
He will, however, not go to prison after two months of the sentence were suspended on condition of good behaviour and the remaining five were also suspended on condition he completed 175 hours of community service at Tafara Primary School.
Chiweshe pleaded guilty to the charge and admitted he wanted to defeat the course of justice after creating a fraudulent document which was presented in court as confirmation of Maturure’s injuries.
He also admitted to forging Dr Johannes Marisa’s signature, who turned out to be his brother-in-law.
The court also heard that Maturure allegedly availed an already stamped medical form which simply needed to be completed and signed by a medical doctor.
In mitigation Makanza said: “Accused was approached by Maturure and advised that he had been assaulted and to obtain compensation for injuries there was need for an affidavit whereby he convinced him to get the affidavit.”
Asked why and how Chiweshe got involved in the criminal project, Makanza said: “He was promised some monetary returns but did not receive anything. In fact, Maturure brought a stamped medical affidavit to the accused and asked him to complete and sign for him.”
But according to the State’s case, when Chiweshe was approached by Maturure on March 12 this year, he masqueraded as a medical doctor.
Representing the State as the complainant in the matter, law officer Liberty Gono is said to have discovered that the medical affidavit had been forged after the lawyer representing RBZ security officers demanded to cross-examine the doctor who compiled it.
The court heard Maturure and another unidentified accomplice were arrested last week over the same forged affidavit and were expected to appear in court soon.