'Document planted in Tanyanyiwa case'

HARARE - A state witness in the case involving former Chitungwiza town clerk’s “uncle” said a document was planted in the municipality files to cover up for Godfrey Tanyanyiwa’s criminal charges.

The case involves Francis Tinashe Mukurazita, 36, who according to state papers is Tanyanyiwa’s uncle and is on trial on charges of working as an accessory to fraud.

Mukurazita, who is the managing director of Nissam Investments Private Limited, a company which services and develops property, has denied being related to Tanyanyiwa.

Mukurazita allegedly deposited a letter which the state claims aided in covering up for Tanyanyiwa’s criminal charges.

Tanyanyiwa is currently on trial on several allegations of corruption and fraud.

State witness Saviours Kufandada from the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday told the court that during investigations on Tanyanyiwa’s case, he intercepted a letter purportedly written by Mukurazita claiming $80 000 for the servicing of Nyatsime stands.

According to state papers, the letter showed that Mukurazita had been contracted to service stands in Chitungwiza.

It is alleged that Mukurazita met Tanyanyiwa on January 2 this year at Meikles Hotel and agreed to conceal the $80 000 fraud.

State alleges Tanyanyiwa used the $80 000 to purchase his personal property.

Mukurazita allegedly wrote the letter and back-dated it to October 6, 2010 addressed to the late Chitungwiza Municipality finance director, Joshua Manyepa.

He allegedly indicated in the letter that his company was following up on an $80 000 debt owed to it by the council.

It is alleged that in the letter Mukurazita purported to have had a conversation with Manyepa and that the payment was to be deposited into Floburg Real Estate bank account.

Meanwhile Mukurazita will be back in court on November 7 for trial continuation. — Tendai Kamhungira

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