Tutor extorts money from students
1 February 2018
A TUTOR at Chitungwiza Central Hospital School of Nursing has been nabbed for allegedly extorting money from student nurses last year.
Mugove Chipfurutse, 42, reportedly extorted $3 800 from four students who were undertaking a Diploma in Nursing programme after indicating that he would facilitate for them to pass their final examinations.
Chipfurutse was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with extortion.
The matter was remanded to today for bail considerations.
The state, represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa, alleges that in June last year, Chipfurutse along with his accomplice who is already on remand hatched a plan to extort money from student nurses who were to sit for their examinations.
In pursuant to their plan, they engaged Simbarashe Gondo who is the student class representative and instructed him to advise other students to pay $600 each.
The money was to allegedly facilitate the swapping of the official answer sheets for the examination which was scheduled to be written at Nurses Council of Zimbabwe on June 20 to 25 July last year with answer sheets that students would have written at House 1 Wapperstone Way Glen Lorne.
As a result Tichaona Tavarasa paid $600 cash to Chipfurutse through Gondo.
Chipfurutse reportedly supplied the students with answer sheets and tipped them on how to answer question as per the Nurses’ Council requirements.
In August last year Chipfurutse’s accomplice called Tavarasa and advised him that he had failed the examinations along with four other students and demanded another $600.
On November 17, Tavarasa wrote the same examination under the supervision of Chipfuruste’s accomplice.
On December 13, Tavasara was advised that he had failed the examination again and the accused person demanded another $400.
Tavarasa then reported the matter to the police leading to Chipfuruste’s arrest.
The pair used the same method to extort money from three other students, the total value stolen is US$3 800 and nothing was recovered.