A 46-YEAR-OLD Harare man, Tendai Rusinga, who is employed by the Agriculture ministry, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court last Friday charged with impersonation after he allegedly masqueraded as an agent of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
Rusinga, who was also charged for failing to secure his firearm, was not asked to plead when he appeared before provincial magistrate Milton Serima who granted him $50 bail and remanded the matter to May 15.
According to the court papers, Rusinga was arrested after police detectives were tipped off sometime in March this year that he was using a pistol to threaten members of the public and that he was masquerading as a CIO agent.
Police detectives raided the ministry’s Ngungunyana Building offices in Harare, where a search was conducted and Rusinga was found in possession of an ID written “undercover” purportedly from the President’s Office.
It is alleged Rusinga went on to lead the detectives to his vehicle, a blue Toyota Vitz, where they recovered a FN Browning pistol, with a magazine loaded with six rounds of ammunition, placed at the driver’s door panel.
The detectives, it is alleged, conducted further investigations and discovered that the firearm was registered in Rusinga’s name and that it was for home use and cash-in-transit protection.
The State was represented by Benjamin Chikerema.