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Kagonye Jailing A "Fall From Grace", Says Magistrate

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A Harare magistrate has described the conviction and jailing of former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Petronella Kagonye, as a “fall from grace”.

Harare regional magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti Guwuriro on Thursday sentenced Kagonye, to 36 months in prison for theft of trust property.

Muchuchuti Guwuriro on Wednesday convicted Kagonye after a full trial. Delivering the ruling the following day, the magistrate said:

The court also considered case law that states that Judicial officers shouldn’t allow their emotions to take over their judgment and that a magistrate must be dispassionate in passing sentences and the objective of the sentence must be clear.

It is a world trend to spare first offenders and she’s a former Minister of Public Service

Labour and Social Welfare, whose mandate was to make sure that the less-privileged are taken care of.

She was the best person who should have understood the importance of taking the laptops to the children but she was the one who stole the bread from the hungry.

It is surely a fall from grace and the conviction embarrasses her and it’s a form of punishment and the court has taken note of that.

A fine would trivialise the offence because she stole public funds and where public funds are involved, traits of corruption can be seen and, it would be a sad day for justice to give her community service and a custodial sentence is justified due to the high moral blameworthiness.

Kagonye was sentenced to 36 months in jail. 12 months were set aside on condition she doesn’t commit a similar offence involving dishonesty, in the next five years.

A further 8 months were suspended on condition she restitutes the total value of the stolen laptops, which is US$10 000, on or before 31 August, this year.

Kagonye will therefore serve an effective 16 months in prison.

Kagonye’s lawyer, Rungano Mahuni said they will file an appeal at the High Court against the conviction and sentencing.

More: H-Metro

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12 Comments

ggg 2 months ago

vharirwai imi iwe vautohira pamwedzi vogavoga nhamo yaive yeyi isu tirkutoshaya nedhora racho rekurenga sauti


Manikiniki 2 months ago

These lawyers want to continue enjoying a share of stolen public funds by filling an appeal for a common thief. The law should not tolerate such nonsensical appeals.


Dr T 2 months ago

An appeal is an appeal ****. Everyone is entitled to an appeal. Even a convicted murderer. Its called JUSTICE

👽 2 months ago

chibaby changu paRakodzi apo cheform 2 ko chii chazoitika ndarwadziwa


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room 14 ndoyanga iri baseroom

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ehe paRasco ndopandakafunda

Chinese zodiac 2 months ago

Wakadzidza paRasco here iweee

Zim 1 2 months ago

kurisei zvako kujeri Kagonye mufaro mwena kuuteedza unodzima


Tkt 2 months ago

@Manikiniki.... I stand by you bro! What appeal pamunhu akatadza kuAccounter & diverted from the initial beneficiaries to a choice of hers?
Nonsense


Bright 2 months ago

Ummm awanana nazvo uyu ko Mai vaya vemari ye nassa yavo nyaya ahisi yakatanga her iya


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Gold Baron Dube awuraya munhu akatogwa 10 years akaita apeal iyezvino aripanze



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