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    Anti-corruption Court opens in Masvingo


    TATENDA CHIZU
    SENIOR REPORTER

    MASVINGO – Masvingo Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Langton Ndokera has denied bail to a ZINARA supervisor and two alleged accomplices who are facing 127 counts of fraud involving $196 000.
    The case becomes the first for the Anti-Corruption Court which was opened by Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza here in Masvingo on Friday.
    Ndokera remanded the three to June 18, 2018 and Liberty Hove represented the State.
    Masvingo provincial licensing supervisor Luke Manyamazi (36) and two unregistered agents, Jefias Magarasadza (29) and Enock Mapondo were allegedly found with their hands in the till after an internal audit carried out by the road authority.
    The crimes were committed between January 2017 and April 30, 2019.
     It is the State case that Manyamazi who bought cars and other properties with the ill-gotten money fiddled with bulk vehicle licencing accounts for seven companies in Masvingo namely CSC, ACT Transport, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, Aquaculture, Riverton Agro Masvingo, Zinwa and 12 Apostles.
    Manyamazi is being represented by Chitengu of Mangwana and Partners while Magarasadza and Mapondo are being represented by Tichaona Bhunu of Bhunu and Associates.
    The State said that Manyamazi’s job is to create and top up ZINARA bulk vehicle licensing accounts after confirmation of deposit with the finance department.
    His two accomplices would find vehicle owners with huge backlogs in vehicle licence fees and assure them that their penalties together with part of the owed money would be cleared if they paid certain amounts towards their arrears.
    Thereafter Manyamazi would abuse bulk licensing clients by crediting their accounts with fictitious deposits but later use this money to licence the identified vehicles.
    Soon after each deposit Manyamazi cleared licenses of vehicles supplied to him by accomplices using the fictitious values credited into the seven companies.
    ZINARA suffered a total prejudice of $196 270 and nothing was recovered.
    Mapondo (24) is also a Clarion Insurance Company broker.
    The State says that it has vehicle query extracts showing the fraudulent deposits, Ecocash history reflecting exchange of money among the three accused and oral evidence from the witnesses.
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