Conmen Dupes Unsuspecting Driving License Seekers Of US$28k
3 August 2021
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AT least 113 aspiring drivers who paid US$250 each to suspected fraudsters to be issued
with driving licence discs in the comfort of their homes without undergoing the Vehicle
Inspectorate Department (VID) tests, recently suffered a huge blow after police seized the
fake documents before they were released to them.

Detectives arrested a Harare businessman Tendekai Madongorere and Julius Punungwe
before seizing 113 fake driving licence discs and certificates of competence with names of
aspiring drivers, five fake defensive driving certificates, five card printers used to produce
the documents, fake blank national identity cards, one fake Zimra tax clearance
certificate, one fake deed of grant in respect of a Mufakose house, 29 copies of serialised
birth record documents and nine copies of birth certificates.

A fake Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) identity card in the name of
Madongorere was also recovered together with fake Central Intelligence Organisation
(CIO) identity cards bearing the names of Innocent Kayo, Edmund Mhere and Tichaona
Chijwanha.

The arrest of the suspects and the seizure of documents occurred barely three months after The Herald carried an investigative story in which fraudsters were advertising on social media that they can facilitate issuance of driving licences within hours.

On the advertisements, they would provide contact cellphone numbers to be used for
enquiries.

Madongorere (48) is a director of Impact Designs Private Limited which operates in
Harare’s central business district while Punungwe (47) is unemployed.

The Herald established that from interviews conducted by the police, most of the 113
people whose names appear on the fraudulent driving licence documents, confirmed to
have paid US$250 each for the discs.

The people in question, are expected to give evidence as State witnesses in the trial of the
two suspects.

-State Media