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    Court refuses to release Mpandawana businessman’s passport



    TATENDA CHIZU

    GUTU - A bid by  well-known Mpandawana businessman and teacher, Titus Madzingo to have his passport released by the courts was turned down by Masvingo Provincial Magistrate Langton Ndokera who said that the case that the accused is facing is very serious and  there are chances that he may skip the country.
    Madzingo who runs Tito Liquids Bottle Store and is also a teacher at Mpandawana High is facing 75 counts of fraud involving $90 589,20. He was given stringent bail condition including $200 bail, reporting to  CID Gutu Police every Saturday and surrendering his passport.
    On 4 May Madzingo who is represented by Evan Mandipa  of Gundu and Dube Legal practitioners made an application for the release of his passport but Ndokera turned down the application saying that the case facing the accused was so serious that he could run away. Ndokera then set the trial date of the case for 24 May.
    Madzingo said he wanted his passport to go for NASH sports that were being held outside the country.
    It is the State case that Madzingo, on 75 different occasions Madzingo fiddled with ecocash messages on his phone and fraudulently procured beverages Hyper Distributors without paying a cent.
    Madzingo would send messages from his cellphone 0772 900 433  to Emily Terera and Farai Chinyaride who are cashiers at Hyper Distributors as proof that he had paid and the two would then allow him to collect his order.
    The EcoCash message editing went on from June 14, 2017 to March 7, 2018 when one of the employees checked a message allegedly send by Madzingo and realised that it was not confirmed by Econet.
    The company checked the other messages and realised that there was no payment made to Hyper Distributors.
    The matter was reported to Gutu ZRP leading to Madzingo's arrest.
    Hyper Distributors hired Collen Maboke of  Ruvengo Maboke Legal practitioners.news
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