A 46-year-old man from Pumula South in Bulawayo claimed he was possessed by evil spirits, which led him to con some women who paid him money so he could organise employment for their children.
This came to light when Neighbour Chuma appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Temba Chimiso facing allegations of contravening section 136 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
He pleaded guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody to tomorrow for sentencing.
“I admit to committing the offence Your Worship, however, I was under the influence of the evil spirits,” Chuma said.
“I blame the devil because I do not know what made me to do such an embarrassing act.”
Chuma is said to have been going around his neighbourhood tricking people promising them employment and making them pay money before securing jobs for them.
Prosecutor Ruvimbo Chanduru told the court that on the first count Chuma tricked Elizabeth Moyo (59) when he solicited and received $120 as token of appreciation to him for securing employment for her son Obrew Mbeke.
Chuma went to Moyo’s house and told her that he was well connected and was able to secure employment for the son, but required a palm grease of about $120 for him to speed up the process.
“I gave him the money and he never came back until he asked for $30 more and that is when I called him to my house so that the police could arrest him,” she said.
On the second count, Chuma went to Annah Mandishora’s house and repeated the same trick, promising her son employment at Lobel’s Company and pointing out he needed a facilitation fee of $150.
“I could not afford that amount, I only gave him $46 before he got arrested,” Mandishora said.