AN aspiring councillor in Victoria Falls has been caught on the wrong side of the law which can cost him eligibility in the upcoming MDC-T primary elections after he was arrested for filing a false robbery report to the police.
Vusumuzi Sibanda, 45, who is a loan shark and operates a fleet of pirate taxis between Victoria Falls and Hwange is challenging for election in ward 3 currently occupied by Zanu PF’s Prayer Moyo.
Sibanda reported recently that he had been robbed of $5000 at knife point by Jabulani Dube and Xolani Alex Moyo.
This was after he lent $300 to the two in January this year and was supposed to get his money with interest at the end of the same month.
Sibanda filed a case of robbery after the two failed to pay him.
He was arrested after investigations revealed that no robbery had taken place.
Victoria Falls magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje convicted Sibanda on his own plea of guilty to deliberately supplying false information to a public authority when he appeared before her last week.
Sibanda was fined $50 and would have been jailed for 20 days had he failed to pay.
Sibanda, of 1265 Aerodrome, begged for the Court’s mercy saying he had six children to take care of.
“I did what I did because I wanted my money back yet they were refusing to pay. My children had been chased out of school because I had not paid fees and I couldn’t bear it knowing some people owed me some money,” he said.
The prosecutor David Tivakudze said a misunderstanding arose between Sibanda and his two debtors Dube and Moyo resulting in the accused going to the police.
“The accused made a report on March 7 that Dube and Moyo had robbed him of $5 000 at knifepoint,” said the prosecutor.
Sibanda, known as inkosi (king) uGadafi in Victoria Falls because of his notoriety, is not new to controversy. He was recently arrested for allegedly stealing four car wheels from a hooker he had hired for sex and failed to pay.
Sibanda is the woman’s usual client.
The police were told that the woman later forcibly took some money from Sibanda who later went to her place of residence and took away four wheels.
The woman reported the matter to the police leading to Sibanda’s arrest.
He was released from police custody after the woman withdrew her case.