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    Former MDC T councillor jailed 4 years for fraud



    Gapare a dishonesty and deceitful man.

    CHARITY MAZVIHWA

    MASVINGO –
    Provincial Magistrate, Langton Ndokera has described former MDCT
    councillor, Mbovora Mutunhakuenda Misheck Gapare as a dishonest and deceitful
    man who abused his office to defraud Masvingo City Council employees of 50 residential stands with a total value of $200 000.
    Ndokera said this when he sentenced Gapare to four years in jail for what he described as a well-planned and executed crime which the accused committed
    when he was still the MDC T councillor for Ward 8 in 2012.
    Gapare, a former trade unionist and member of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions General Council who has since defected to Zanu PF looked unmoved, continued talking and sharing jokes with people in the court room when Ndokera handed down judgment on Friday last week.
    He then handed over a few items that he he was holding in his hands to his lawyer when prison guards whisked him out of Court 3 and out to prison.
    He was represented by Harare top lawyer Alex Muchadehama.
    Gapare will however, serve an effective two years after Ndokera suspended two years on condition that he does not commit a similar crime in the next five years. He also took into consideration that Gapare gained nothing from the crime as all the 50 stands were recovered.
    It was the State case that Wellington Mahwende who is the chairperson of the Remainder of Victoria Ranch and Goddard Dunira of the Vashandi Housing schemes offered Masvingo City councillors and their employees a total of 50 residential stands.
    Gapare who was the chairperson of the Publics Works Committee submitted false names for the stands which included names of relatives to the two housing co-operatives and later turned the stands to his own use.
    A Police investigation team from Serious Fraud Section in Harare led by Detective Gono carried out investigations in July leading to the arrest of Gapare.
    Ndokera said Gapare showed serious abuse of his official position as a councillor which was displayed by his dishonesty.
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