THE widow to a late liberation war hero arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission officers on allegations of misrepresenting and claiming money from the War Veterans Department on the guise that it was for her children’s examination fees will languish in prison after a Harare magistrate denied her bail.
Rufaro Mupepete was remanded in custody to August 11 and her hopes of freedom now lie with the High Court.
She appeared in court on Friday facing two counts of fraud and spent the weekend behind bars before today’s.
War veterans and their dependants through the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Act Chapter 11:15 which established the War Veterans Fund, have their welfare catered for through pensions, access to basic health care and educational benefits consisting of educational assistance at a government primary, secondary and tertiary institution.
According to court papers, the accused Rufaro Mupepete is the widow to the late liberation war hero Jacob Mupepete and had three children namely Tafadzwa Mupepete, Jacob Mupepete and Zvimisozvamwari Mupepete who were enrolled at Washington Hills High School from 2016 up to 2019.
In June 2019, she allegedly generated Washington Hills High School invoices and later used them to apply for the school fees of her kids. Acting on the misrepresentation, the War Veterans department deposited US$11 500 in her CBZ Account Number 24221390010, before another ZW$35 000 was deposited into her FBC Bank account number 3015134410195 where she later converted it to her own use.