AG sucked into Trauma Centre saga

HARARE - Vivek Solanki, a Harare businessman, has fingered the Attorney General’s office in the Trauma Centre saga, accusing officers of receiving a $150 000 bribe.

Solanki proffered the information while giving evidence in a $10 million fraud case involving Peter Annesley, Paul Stevenson and Mavis Mushonga.

The trio is accused of illegally taking over Vivek Solanki’s Trauma Centre.

Solanki claims he can back up the allegations with proof.

He mentioned that African Medical Investments (AMI) bosses’ lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa was also involved in the “bribe deal”.

Solanki further told the court that by importing medical equipment that is used to treat gunshot wounds and bomb injuries to Mozambique, the AMI bosses had sabotaged the country.

He said the AMI bosses have political links with Renamo, a Mozambican rebel group.

“They are preparing for war in Mozambique. These people are co-conspirators to the war. They took the equipment from Maputo to Tete,” said Solanki, declaring the AMI bosses are part of Renamo.

Annesley allegedly connived with his accomplices and approached the registrar of companies where he allegedly lied that he had been appointed a director of Solanki’s company in 2010.

Annesley and Mushonga, represented by Mtetwa, denied making any misrepresentations to the registrar of companies or submitting any fake documents.

Innocent Musimbe, representing one of AMI directors Paul Stevenson, told the court his client never benefited from any money withdrawn from Trauma Centre’s Stanbic account.

Prosecutor Michael Reza told the court Solanki registered his company in 2001.

Solanki appointed Stevenson and Mushonga as directors of the company before Stevenson resigned in 2009 and was replaced by Zarina Dudhia.

Solanki allegedly met one of AMI bosses, Andrew Groves and Phil Edmonds in South Africa, before entering into a business agreement.

It is alleged in the agreement, Groves and Edmonds offered to pay Solanki £5 million and surrender 24 million shares in AMI, which they failed to do. - Tendai Kamhungira

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