Nurse, runner arrested for selling COVID-19 test certificates

HourlyHits Reporter

A Zvishavane District Hospital nurse was on Monday arrested for issuing vaccination cards to unvaccinated people for a fee, engaging a runner who sought for clients.

Faith Varaidzo Taruvinga and her alleged runner Cloud Nyoni were allegedly charging between US$20 and US$30 for the vaccination cards and found themselves in hot soup after falling for a trap by detectives.

The police have since called on the public observe set guidelines relating to COVID-19.

“On 26/07/21 Detectives in Zvishavane arrested Faith Varaidzo Taruvinga (29) and Cloud Nyoni (29) for issuing vaccination cards for a fee of between US$20 and US$30 to unvaccinated members of the public.”

Detectives set a trap and pretended to be in need of vaccination cards before contacting Nyoni who was scouting for customers. 

“Faith Taruvinga who is employed as a nurse at Zvishavane District Hospital later handed over completed vaccination cards to the detectives. Investigations are in progress,” the police said.

This comes at a time several people are now queuing for vaccines as many companies are pushing for compulsory vaccination.

In Chitungwiza a nurse and her runner were also arrested on similar allegations, selling the vaccination cards to the public. The COVID-19 pandemic has created rent seeking mentality in people many of whom have been arrested for capitalising out of the situation.

Some people have been arrested and prosecuted for manufacturing exemption letters while other found themselves in trouble for selling test certificates to travellers some of whom have been arrested at the airport.Recently popular musicians ExQ and Nutty O were arrested on allegations of presenting fake COVID-19 test certificates at the airport.

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