Military Imposter Sentenced To 245 Hours Community Service

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By Tonderai Saharo

A   Harare man will perform 245 hours community service after he was convicted of impersonating a member of the Zimbabwe National Army at a police roadblock along Masvingo-Beitbridge highway.
Richard Chirombo was initially slapped with a 12-month jail term by Masvingo magistrate Grace Tupiri after pleading guilty to impersonation charges against him, but five months were conditionally suspended, with the rest of the sentence commuted to community service at Magwegwe Clinic in Bulawayo.
Representing the state, prosecutor Precious Takuva told the court that on July 7 2021 at around 1030hours at the 10km peg along MasvingoBeitbridge road at a roadblock, Chirombo  who was travelling in a haulege truck driven by one Doesmatter Nyahombe’s when it was stopped at a police checkpoint.
He jumped off the vehicle and introduced himself as a member of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) stationed at Suri Suri airbase in Chegutu a bid to stop the police from searching the vehicle.
Chirombo, who was clad in an army uniform went on to produce a ZNA identity card in the name of Nathan Dzabaya but after police noticed that he was not the owner of the identity card, members of the ZNA manning the same roadblock were called to interview him.
After interviewing him, it was established that the identity card did not belong to Chirombo and he was not a service man.
He was then immediately arrested at the roadblock and was taken to Masvingo Central Police station.