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Undercover Pretender: Bogus ‘CIO Officer’ Slapped with $300 Fine for Border Impersonation Drama

A 42-year-old individual hailing from Glendale, Mazowe, was fined US$300 by the Karoi Magistrates’ Court for impersonating a Chief Information Officer (CIO).

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), on December 6, 2023, the accused arrived at the Chirundu border post driving a South African-registered Toyota Hilux.

Upon presenting a Temporary Import Permit (TIP) to a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) revenue supervisor, a significant inconsistency was noted: the TIP did not bear the accused’s name, as legally mandated.

When questioned about this anomaly, the accused claimed to be an undercover operative from the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO), stating involvement in a political investigation.

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However, the supervisor remained unconvinced and further investigation revealed the accused’s lack of legitimacy as a public officer.

  • The case was brought before the Karoi Magistrates’ Court, where the accused was found guilty of impersonation.

Consequently, a sentence of 7 months’ imprisonment was issued, with 3 months suspended upon payment of a US$300 fine. An additional 4 months were suspended for a period of five years.

Impersonating a public official constitutes a criminal offense under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, as stipulated in Section 179, wherein impersonating a police officer, peace officer, or public official with the intent of gaining an advantage is deemed unlawful.

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