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Fake O-Level certificate lands woman in the dock

An insurance agent who allegedly forged an Ordinary Level Certificate before presenting it to her employer in 2006 has appeared in court.

Abigail Mhizha, 45, allegedly secured employment and worked for First Mutual Life Assurance Company for 11 years.

Mhizha pleaded not guilty when she appeared before Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande answering to charges on presenting a forged certificate to a prospective employer with intent to gain employment.

She was granted US$40 bail and the matter was remanded to January 29 for trial.

The complainant in this matter is the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) being represented by its Assistant Security Officer Lee Banda.

The State, represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that on October 28, last year, Mhizha submitted an Ordinary Level certificate number Z1173-354 to First Mutual Holdings Limited in order to secure her employment. The Human Resources Manager reportedly had queried the authenticity of her qualifications and requested her to re-submit her certificates to qualify her for a Certificate of Proficiency in Long term Insurance.

She reportedly submitted a photocopy of the Ordinary Level Certificate which was registered in her name which the HR department in line with protocol then submitted to ZIMSEC for verification and it was confirmed that the certificate was fake.

It was reported that ZIMSEC confirmed that the certificate belongs to one Musarara Takawira who did not pass the examinations.

A report was then made to the police which subsequently led to her arrest.

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