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    Former acting chief Makumbe jailed


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    BUHERA - Stewart Marenga (73), a former acting Chief Makumbe who impersonated Chief Makumbe and used the title to gain favours from ser-vice providers has been slapped with a four month jail term or a fine of $400 for the crime.
    Marenga was reported to the Police by substantive Chief Makumbe who replaced him after he visited Buhera District Hospital and pretended to be Chief Makumbe when he sought treatment for his mother. He even used Chief Makumbe’s badge in the process to show his identity at the hospital.
    He was noticed by Constable Goromondo who reported the issue to Sher-pard Chengeta who is substantive Chief Makumbe. Chief Makumbe in turn reported the matter to the Police leading to the arrest of the accused.
    Marenga has until July 31, 2019 to pay the fine or be locked in. He was warned by the Magistrate that two months of his sentence had been sus-pended on condition that he does not commit a case of impersonation in the next five years. He will be jailed without an option of a fine if he is in-volved in any similar crime.
    Marenga who appeared before Magistrate Glynmax Kuhudzai denied the charge.
    Marenga brought two witnesses to testify in court on his behalf that he was still the legitimate chief.
    Senator Makumbe told the court that Marenga who is his cousin is disre-specting him by calling himself the real chief when he (Chengeta) was se-lected and installed by the Government after all procedures and traditional rites had been followed.
    “I have no reason whatsoever to begrudge my cousin and it therefore sur-prises that he remains in denial since he was removed as acting chief. We should be working together rather than fighting against each other,” said Chengeta.

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