Teacher dupes Astro $6 000

Astro Mobile has been swindled phones to the tune of almost $6 000 by a Hwedza teacher despite being blacklisted by the Salary Service Bureau (SSB) from accessing credit.

According to The Herald, Ephraim Mavhima (40), a teacher at St Anne’s Goto High School in Hwedza, recently appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, who remanded him to January 20 on $100 bail.

Prosecutor Ms Audrey Chogumaira told the court that sometime in March last year, Mavhima applied to obtain cellphones on credit from Astro Mobile at various branches.

The branches are in Masvingo, Gweru, Marondera, Mutare and Harare. It is allegedly that he applied for cellphones worth $5 786, while aware that he was blacklisted by SSB and that he was not earning enough to apply for such credit.

Astro Africa Mobile Founder Munyaradzi Gwatidzo and Chief Marketing Officer Trudi Smith



The mobile phone company later realised that Mavhima, who had already managed to collect the cellphones at their various branches, was blacklisted by the SSB.

The matter came to light when the company tried to deduct their money from Mavhima’s salary through the Government paymaster.

This Article with Minor Tweaks  originally appeared on The Herald

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