Zambian Man Facing Human Trafficking Charges Alongside Fraud Case
A ZAMBIAN national, Kimbugwe Yub Ibrah, who is currently in remand prison awaiting trial for fraud, now finds himself facing additional charges of human trafficking. During his appearance before regional magistrate Marewanazvo Gofa, Ibrah was remanded in custody without being asked to enter a plea.
The first complainant in this case is a twenty-one-year-old Ugandan named Dennis Mayega. According to court records, Ibrah contacted Mayega in 2021 and enticed him to come to Zimbabwe under the false pretence of securing employment for him. Ibrah also deceived Mayega’s parents by assuring them that he had found a job opportunity for their son in Zimbabwe. To further facilitate the scheme, Ibrah offered to cover Mayega’s travel expenses from Uganda to Zimbabwe.
Once Mayega arrived at Zimbabwean border, Ibrah allegedly facilitated his illegal entry into the country, and the two individuals resided together in Waterfalls. It was during this time that Ibrah began exploiting Mayega, coercing him into distributing flyers advertising Ibrah as a sangoma-cum-doctor known as Sekuru Banda. Ibrah claimed to possess supernatural abilities, promising to restore lost love, multiply money tenfold, and provide enchanted rings and wallets.
Furthermore, Ibrah allegedly compelled Mayega to collect money from individuals seeking healing, defrauding them in the process. Mayega faced punishment from Ibrah whenever he failed to collect the money on time. Subsequently, Mayega was arrested for illegally entering and staying in Zimbabwe. During his court appearance, he revealed that he had been trafficked into the country by Ibrah.
In addition to Mayega, it has been reported that Ibrah allegedly trafficked a seventeen-year-old boy from Uganda as well.