A 37-YEAR-OLD Kadoma man, Tawanda Herman Munda, has been slapped with a 72-month jail term by a magistrate after he was found guilty of seven counts of fraud and illegally connecting power to several houses in the mining town.
Kadoma magistrate Tinashe Gwazemba suspended 10 months of the sentence on condition that Munda does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
The court heard that Munda had bypassed or illegally connected electricity to six houses in Rimuka high-density suburb and had also misrepresented himself as a Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company employee.
In passing judgment, Gwazemba found Munda guilty of all seven counts of fraud and contravening the Electricity (Amendment) Act by obstructing or deviating electricity current.
On the one count of misrepresentation, he was given an option to pay a fine of $100 or 30 days in prison. Munda was sentenced to 12 months for each of the other six counts.
He was not given the option of a fine.
Reginald Chavora represented the State.