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Groom arrested at Byo wedding


THERE was drama yesterday at Bulawayo Civil Court when a Canada-based man was arrested just before his wedding for alleged fraud.


Ralph Wiri Gondo (24) of Emganwini, who was smartly dressed for his memorable occasion was nabbed while waiting for the arrival of the bride Loviner Dube (23) outside the courts.

Gondo was outside Tredgold Building preparing for the pre wedding-counselling when police pounced.

Unbeknown to him, one of his former workmates at a local confectionery company was laying in ambush for him in the company of police officers at the courts.

The former workmate, whose name could not be immediately verified, wanted Gondo arrested after he allegedly absconded to Canada without settling a bank loan where he was a guarantor.

The amount of money Gondo had borrowed from the bank could not be immediately verified.

After Gondo reportedly left for Canada, the bank pounced on the workmate to recover the

The drama caught onlookers by surprise as Gondo was dragged to the police charge office at Tredgold.

Dube found her fiancée in police custody and had to attend the pre-wedding counselling alone.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Moyo could not be reached for comment on Gondo’s arrest.

However, a police source confirmed the arrest, but said Gondo was later released after reaching an agreement with his former workmate.
“It’s true he arrived in the morning for their wedding,” the source said.

“The complainant, who had received news that Gondo was in the country to wed before going back to Canada, came and reported him to the police at Tredgold building.

“He was accompanied by officers who waited for him at the Civil Court where the wedding ceremony was going to be

“He was facing charges of fraud, but they latter agreed with the complainant that he be released after the sister volunteered to pay back the money on his behalf.”

The wedding reportedly went ahead after Gondo’s release and it was solemnised by a Bulawayo magistrate.

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