PUNISHMENT to one could be punishment to 50 if claims by an alleged fraudster that he sired 42 children with seven wives is true.
This came to light after one Sylvester Chaurunga of Plot number 453 Central Estates Mvuma appeared before Mvuma magistrate Vimbai Makoni facing fraud charges. He pleaded not guilty.
He was remanded in custody to 4 April for continuation of trial.
“Your worship, may this court exercise its leniency by remanding me out of custody. I have 42 kids and seven wives that I need to fend for. If I am kept in custody, my kids will die of hunger. After all l did not commit this crime,” said Chaurunga.
His request was, however, turned down after the State proved that Chaurunga had been on the run since 2013 when he committed the crime.
“We can’t grant you bail because you might disappear again like what you did last time. When you got arrested in 2013, you were given bail but you never came back to this court for the continuation of the trial until you got re-arrested recently,” said Makoni.
Prosecuting, Bernard Nyoni told the court that in December 2013 the complainant Godfey Chivasa told Chaurunga that he wanted a resettlement stand in Mvuma.
Chaurunga advised Chivasa to bring $350 as processing fee and pay the balance of $800 in the same week.
In 2014 Chivasa gave Chaurunga $200 and he demanded to be shown the plot and he was given a piece of land belonging to someone else.
Chivasa then hired builders to build a house at his new plot and someone advised the builders that he was the lawful owner of that plot which Chivasa had been given. Chivasa then reported the matter to the police.
On the second count, in March 2013 Mackenzi Chikova approached Chaurunga and told him he wanted to buy a piece of land in Mvuma resettlement area.
Chaurunga received $350 from Chikova, and he was given a piece of land at Central Estates which lawfully belonged to someone.
Chikova realised that he was given someone’s land and made efforts that the accused give him another piece of land but his efforts were fruitless, and he reported the matter to the police.
Total value defrauded is $900 and nothing was recovered.