$1 million lie & death threats. . . Life assurance firm manager ‘cons’ Byo woman

Mr Francis Chitehwe

Mr Francis Chitehwe

Pamela Shumba, Senior Reporter
POLICE in Bulawayo are investigating a ZB Life Assurance southern region manager who allegedly defrauded a former Bulawayo Polytechnic employee of nearly $50 000 in an insurance scam.

Francis Chitehwe, who is also the chairman of the United Bulawayo Hospitals Board of Directors, allegedly asked Ms Winnie Mapuranga to pay him $46 400 over a period of three years to help her get more than $1 million as a business loan from two life assurance policies with ZB.

Ms Mapuranga claims Chitehwe has reportedly been threatening to kill her if she reports that she lost her money to him.

Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango yesterday said they were investigating the matter.

“We received a report of fraud and threats of violence from Ms Mapuranga. Investigations are in progress,” said Insp Simango.

Ms Mapuranga told The Chronicle that she took $7 480 from Bulawayo Polytechnic where she was employed as an accountant and gave it to Chitehwe as part of the $46 400 payment thinking that she would repay it, but failed and she was fired.

She said she paid varying amounts to Chitehwe’s personal and Ecocash accounts and other transactions were made to his wife and son’s Ecocash accounts, all amounting to $46 000.

“In September 2011, I took a life assurance policy for $20 000 with Mr Chitehwe being my representative. In 2013 he told me that there were loans available at ZB Bank and advised me to apply.

“I signed the loan application form in his office for $35 000. In June 2014 he advised me to take another policy for $15 000 so that I could use the two policies as collateral for the $35 000 loan. I was paying $67 for the first loan and $65 for the second one per month. The money was deducted through my salary,” said Ms Mapuranga.

She said after signing for the second policy, Chitehwe told her that her loan had accumulated interest and it had to be cleared.

“He told me that the loan could not be processed before the interest was cleared. I paid the money he demanded for the clearance of interest being accrued on top of monthly premiums that were being deducted for the two policies.

“From January to December 2015, Mr Chitehwe would constantly call me and insist that I pay the clearance charges on the interest being accumulated, stamp duty due to the loan and transfer charges,” said Ms Mapuranga.

“In 2016, he continued to demand money to clear the interest and stamp duty. I lost my job at Bulawayo Polytechnic after I took more than $7 000 from my former employer and paid him in a space of a week.”

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development fired her last year in October after she failed to repay the more than $7 000 she took without authority from Bulawayo Polytechnic.

According to a letter from the Ministry written to Ms Mapuranga on October 19, 2016, she did not get her terminal benefits as they were used to offset the money she failed to account for.

Her policies also lapsed when she lost her job.

Ms Mapuranga said after she lost her job, she turned destitute after she was kicked out of the house she was staying in at Bulawayo Polytechnic.

“At one point he told me that part of the loan had been cleared and he had used the money to buy me a house in Morningside. He never showed me the house. He kept on giving excuses whenever I demanded to see the house,” said Ms Mapuranga.

She has since written a letter to ZB Bank registering her complaint against Chitehwe.

Chitehwe could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was not reachable.


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  • Say it

    Nanzo bantu bakaphetsheya kukaTshangane. Turning professional to a destitute. Kkkkkk omama ukuthandi mali.

  • ndex

    amashona awadlali ngemali dog eat dog.kulindebele bengizakhala.kuni besivalela phandle?

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      Uri kuti chiiko iwe?? Taura zvatinonzwa.

      • Cetshwayo

        Uyahlanya wena ayisikho kini la, hamba kuHerald

        • Wandiziva


      • vusumuzi

        urikuti Ndex amaShona are thieving people, who have grounded Zimbabwe to a Halt !!!!. Dispute this ?????Go on , and fool yourself , but its glaring in your eyes that Nepotism and Cadre deployment of Shonas has bled the country dry , even the USD is no more, its in their pockets, they open businesses using the Zim Moneys in RSA !!!!. Let an investigation be made and you will be surprised!!!.

    • Andile

      are you a tribalist

    • Apostle Farai

      How can you be such a tribalist one day after independence day? Is it because Bosso lost the Uhuru cup?

      • *****

        Who’s independence are you referring to? Last time I checked, the Matebeleland region was still clamouring for freedom to self-determination.

        • *****

          And who’s apostle are you Farai? Are you sure that it is not the ruler of this world or the evil one?

        • Apostle Farai

          I am talking about our independence as zimbabweans from the yoke of colonial oppression! Maybe guys from your region preferred Smith?

          • *****

            As far as I know, all indications are that Zimbabwe is roughly made up of the eastern half of the country.

      • Malcolm X

        Its true, and you know it, Bosso or not muri Mbavha pliz!

  • God of War

    Is she saying she was paying interest on a loan that she didn’t get? What a dull woman.

    • Evon

      Am also struggling to understand what the learned Accountant is saying!

    • Cetshwayo

      Kodwa abantu bakini so kanti bayenzani, bebambana inkunzi kanje?

  • Bhelingwe Via Yorks and Phoeni

    This crook was probably f###ing her too. Kkkk. So he screwed her twice lol. If its too good to be true, stay away.

  • Bongani Dlamini

    ”she took US$7000 without authority from her employer”. How do you take without authority if you are not stealing. Mapuranga is a thief too who should have been prosecuted. As for Mr Francis Chitehwe it is quite clear that he has many victims. He should start looking for some tall building from which to throw his stinky self.

    • Andile

      Bongani you look for a tall building yourself , who are you to judge stinky is your ass.#idolmind#devilatwork#

  • gxabhashe

    How on earth does an accountant pay instalments for a loan you havent received nxxxx abanye abantu so,kkkkk

    • Dr Mgodington

      Wadliwa ekhangele njenge Temba, silly woman. She is a disgrace to all women emhlabeni.

  • Tinowaziwa

    A case of a romantic relationship gone sour.

  • Essexvale

    The name of the felon tells it all !! But it’s not my intention to jump on the ethnic insults band wagon today, save to say that this is an indication of a nation that has gone horribly wrong due a persistent and carefully cultured system of bad governance which feeds off greed and corruption.

  • ??

    So the scam involved $ not bondnotes or goats

  • vusumuzi

    Amashona are full of thieving, hence so-called Zimbabwe is like this. Amasela , all the headlines about thieving/looting/fraud/etc are committed by them.And we have had the name of our region tarnished by chronicle for “claiming”such people are local “business men” ,or ‘locals bank/parastatal managers” yet they are all deployees from khonale from the East. Deliberatley deployeed in the interest of their Kith and Kin. Smith catered for his Kith and Kin , today’s rulers do the same , someone here writes “a day after Independence”, uyahlanya !!!. who said we are Independent? If he heimself is independent why is he being harrssed by ZRP daily on roads? We are all in the same boat; both the “kith and Kin shonas, and us , the Mthwakazians.