Renewal official spared jail for forgery


MDC-RENEWAL Team national working committee official Gideon Magadzire was yesterday convicted on two counts of forgery and misrepresentation after he forged a class two driver’s licence and fined $200 on both charges.


Magadzire was jointly charged with Cosmas Chiuswa.

The former MDC-99 secretary-general was convicted and fined $200 or 30 days in prison on each count.

Chiuswa was acquitted on the forgery charge, but found guilty on the second count of misrepresenting a fake driver’s licence to the police and fined $200 or 30 days in jail.

He was also given a three-month suspended sentence.

Magadzire of Mkoba 15 in Gweru and Chiuswa of Nyagari South village under Chief Nhema were both asked to pay the fine by March 9.

The State’s case was that in the period extending to October 22 2014, Magadzire and Chiuswa connived and with a common purpose forged a class two driver’s licence bearing Chiuswa’s names and national identity number.

The two obtained the bogus licence at the Vehicle Inspection Depot in Bulawayo.

The State further noted that after the duo forged the licence, Chiuswa went on to use it.

Acting on tip-off, police investigated and arrested him. Chiuswa implicated Magadzire saying he had paid him $250 for the bogus licence.