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3 denied bail for producing fake drivers’ licences, certificates

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HARARE magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday denied bail to three members of a syndicate in Harare nabbed for producing fake driver’s licences, certificate of vehicle fitness and route authority certificates.

by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

The three accused, Christopher Mukuwo (38), Edison Mashiri (40) and Kenneth Mujuru (44), were nabbed by CID officers in the capital while in possession of 11 fake metal drivers’ licences, a fake route authority and certificate of vehicle fitness.

Mahwe, in denying the three bail, said they were members of sophisticated syndicate producing licence discs which without an aid of machine would be passed for being genuine.

“All three accused persons are not suitable persons for bail as they are members of a well-orchestrated syndicate and their licences appear to be authentic. Without any machine to detect whether it is genuine or not is difficult and even this court upon holding the licences was satisfied that they are genuine,” Mahwe said.

“This is a clearly serious offence that involves safety of citizens and for that, the police should be given enough time to investigate the matter without interference and for now, it is not in the interest of justice to grant the accused bail.”

It is the State’s case that the accused worked in cahoots to produce fake licences, route permits and certificates of fitness that they passed on to people who wanted them for a fee.

The 11 licences, route authority and certificate of fitness were tendered as exhibits to the court with the consent of the accused.

Mukuwo and Mujuru had hired Norman Mugiya, but he failed to attend court and instead allegedly attended to some other court business. Mashiri is representing himself.

Sharon Mashavira and Sebastian Mutizirwa prosecuted for the State.

The matter was remanded to July 21, 2015.

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