A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Bulawayo who was expelled from pursuing an undergraduate degree at Midlands State University in Gweru because of poor academic performance had been arrested after he allegedly forged the university’s attachment confirmation letter to secure industrial attachment at a local company.
This came to light when Wesley Charles Matirira from Northend suburb appeared in court charged with fraud and forgery as defined in Section 137 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
He was not asked to plead when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Amanda Ndlovu who remanded him out of custody to 23 September 2021 on $3 000 bail.
Allegations are that on 23 November 2020 and at around 8 am Matirira went to Trinity Project Company housed at LAPF House which is situated along 8th Avenue and between Jason Moyo and Fife Street and produced a forged Midlands State University attachment confirmation letter purporting to have been written by the university and presented it to Phumulani Mpofu who is the director of the company.
It is reported that acting upon the misrepresentation that the university had authorised him to go for work-related learning, Mpofu enrolled him for attachment.
The matter, however, came to light when Midlands State University later confirmed that Matirira was withdrawn from his studies in May 2020 due to poor performance hence he was not eligible for attachment as he was deregistered by the university.
Realising that he had been duped, Mpofu went and reported the matter to the police leading to Matirira’s arrest and his subsequent appearance in court.