Maths paper suspects on the run
THE two men who stand accused of conniving with 17 students to discuss a leaked Mathematics Paper 2 have been issued with warrants of arrests for absconding court trail.
Thomas Chigodora, 23, a student at Eaglerise College and Christopher Mbizi, 24, a private tutor at the college along with the complainant failed to attend court yesterday.
The development forced presiding magistrate Kudzai Zihove to issue a warrant of arrest.
The duo pleaded not guilty when they initially appeared in court.
Allegations are that Mbizi admitted to sitting for an exam on behalf of Chigodora after he was offered US$40 and also to using Chigodora’s passport to gain entry into the exam.
The deal is said to have been struck after they had discussed the leaked exam with other students.
The State heard that Mbizi received the leaked paper through his WhatsApp and went on to discuss it in class with 17 students.
Further accusations are that he (Mbizi) was then approached by Chigodora who asked him to sit for the exam on his behalf and offered US$40 for this service.
The State represented by Yvonne Gurira also heard that Mbizi agreed and sat for the exam using Chigodora’s passport as a form of identification.
It is being alleged that he spent only 45 minutes on the paper and the invigilators were not able to tell that it was not his face that was on the passport.
On November 3, Mbizi was approached by four men who claimed to be police officers and one of them produced an identification card.
They informed him that they were aware that he had got a leaked Mathematics Paper 2 examination paper and he had written the examination on behalf of Chigodora.
They told him that if he did not want to be incarcerated he had to pay them to keep the matter under wraps.
Mbizi obliged and gave the men US$ 150.
After a few days later Mbizi realised that the four men could not be located so he and Chigodora proceeded to Glen Norah A police station and lodged a complaint against these men telling the police that they had been robbed of their money.
The police asked them to write a formal report, but Mbizi and Chigodora informed them that they had an exam that same day but would come back and write a formal report on the matter.
They, however, did not come back to the police station to make the formal report.
On November 11, the Principal of Eaglerise College Faustine Svuure, in the company of his colleagues, reported to ZRP Glen Norah intelligence unit with a tip off that there were two individuals who had illegally obtained the Mathematics Paper 2 and discussed it in their classroom.
They also informed the police that one of these individuals had sat for the exam for one of the students; they did not know the names of the individuals but Faustine had acquired a cell phone number of one of the so called persons, the number turned out to be Mbizi’s.
It is alleged the police informed Faustine that there had been two men who had come to the police station complaining about such a matter but had failed to make a formal report.
The police called Mbizi and told him they had arrested one of the bogus policemen who had unscrupulously taken their US$ 150.
Mbizi reported to the Police station and after some questioning he reportedly narrated everything that happened including that he had received the mathematics paper from two individuals that he only knows as Taps and Kudzi via WhatsApp.
He also told the police that he had also discussed the paper with his students in the classroom before the exam.
The police recorded this confession on video as it was being given and it is to be produced in court as evidence during the trial.