High court castigates former ZBC CEO for lying to the court

By ZBC Reporter

THE High Court has dismissed the case of former ZBC Acting CEO, Wisdom Hombarume with Costs.

In that regard, his application challenging the suspension of his salary and benefits has been struck off the roll of urgent matters.

In passing the ruling, High Court Judge Justice David Mangota said the applicant, Wisdom Hombarume sought to mislead the court by concealing important information regarding the reasons behind the suspension of his salary and benefits.

The High Court further said the application was defective due to material non-disclosure.

The court is on record saying if a witness lies on some aspects of his case, adverse inferences may always be drawn against him, noted justice Mangota.

The Judge queried Hombarume’s approach of painting a bad picture about his employer for taking the decision to suspend his salary and benefits without disclosing to the court that it was because of his questionable qualifications which are under investigation.

Hombararume unsuccessfully took his fraudulent antics to court as the High Court discovered material non-disclosure in his application.

He was suspended with benefits in July 2020 following his arrest on allegations of fraud involving a business trip to Botswana.

In February this year, ZBC discovered that Hombarume was masquerading as an engineer yet he holds qualifications allegedly obtained from an unaccredited institution.

According to ZIMCHE, the college which gave him the Bachelor of Science in Engineering is not recognised in Zimbabwe.

It is further understood that Hombarume alleged that his degree was from an institution in Los Angeles but investigations by ZIMCHE revealed that it is an online institution that dishes degrees to people upon payment of insignificant amounts.

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