Cops question Mutodi over housing scam

HARARE - Police yesterday questioned businessman cum musician Energy Mutodi over a long-running housing scam, at a time his estranged wife dragged him to court over child support.

His wife Tariro Chirende exposed him as an abusive man and filed a protection order against him in the Civil Court.

Mutodi accuses the wife of cheating on him.

Soon after the case at the Civil Court in Harare, Mutodi was handcuffed over an unrelated housing scam and dragged by the belt to the Harare Central Police Station.

The housing scam involves ZimTrust Housing Finance, in which he serves as a director.

The company has allegedly been duping civil servants by deducting money from their salaries after promising to allocate them housing stands.

Mutodi said he should not be charged over transactions engaged by his company, which is a legal person on its own.

“The complainant in this matter has a bone to chew with ZimTrust Housing Finance where I work as director,” Mutodi said in a terse statement after his arrest.

“Although I explained to them that I am not ZimTrust but Energy Mutodi, they could not be deterred,” he said, before urging his fans to pray and fast for his freedom.

Mutodi was questioned by officers from the Commercial Crimes Unit, and later freed.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said finer details will be released once investigations are complete.

In his other case, Chirende, who has been married to Mutodi for the past four years, filed for a protection order against her flamboyant husband who she claims assaulted her and their house help on several occasions.

“Respondent married me when I was just 19 years old and now at 24, I can take no more of the abuse I suffered at his hands,” Chirende said in her court papers.

“Respondent was in the habit of regularly beating me with open hands, fists, boots and an electric cable. These beatings would extend to the housemaids over petty housekeeping issues.”

Chirende claims that in August 2012, she fell ill and had to be taken for treatment. She claims her husband refused to take her to the doctor. Mutodi claims she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from extra-marital affairs.

The Seke Teachers College student says Mutodi even calls her an “unfit mother” despite the fact that she takes care of his children from a previous marriage.

“We have been staying together in Charlotte Brooke but now he refuses me to get access to the matrimonial home,” the court papers say. “When I went home to collect my clothes I found a bullet among the pile.

“I am now afraid of him because he is unstable. I have even resorted to taking our three-year-old son from nursery school because I fear he might kidnap my child and not return him.”

Magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti, presiding over the case, heard Mutodi’s plea that he was a caring father who looked after his children, an assertion rejected by his wife who says he has refused to pay child support since he kicked them out of their home.

Chirende says she has moved in with her mum in Mabvuku.

Mutodi is against the relocation to an area he says is unfit for his children.

He claims the area is prone to water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

In her application, Chirende is demanding $1 500 monthly as maintenance for the children.

Mutodi, in his opposing affidavit said all the allegations of violence against him were lies, and claimed she had left their home of her own free will.

“I was preparing for my exams as I am studying at the University of Zimbabwe doing a Masters programme in Business Administration,” Mutodi said in his opposing affidavit.

“I temporarily moved to a hotel so I could concentrate on my studies as home was not a conducive environment.”

He claimed that when he returned from his “study leave”, Chirende had packed her bags and gone to her mother’s house without his knowledge or consent.

Mutodi claimed his wife hired bouncers in January to gain access into his house before collecting clothes for her and the children as well as $4 000 which he had earmarked for school fees.

Mutodi claimed Chirende and her siblings were “prostitutes.”

“The mother has badly influenced the applicant and her daughters,” Mutodi said.

“They are all prostitutes. My wife and her older sisters have been prostituting. For example in September 2012 applicant fell sick after having been infected with an STD and after I had confronted her on how she got the STD (sexually transmitted disease), she confessed that she slept with other men.”

He said that the man in question was one self-proclaimed prophet Phineas Chimusoro, who is said to have raped her. However no arrest has been made even though the matter was reported to the police.

The musician claimed his wife does not have any scruples because she was brought up by a single mother who had a string of men she had divorced.

“She was brought up by a single mother….the string of marriage and divorce is impressive. It is clear she has not learnt any morals in particular her mother.

“Her mother is the deputy political commissar for Zanu PF in the Harare Province and spends most of her time in politics instead of instilling moral behaviour in her daughter,” Mutodi said.

The Chigorodanda hitmaker pleaded that magistrate Muchuchuti not grant the order as it may be used by other women to run away from their husbands in pursuit of maintenance.

The magistrate will hand down ruling in the matter today. - Helen Kadirire

Comments (1)

This guy is a crook. SSB is not terminating monthly contributions for civil servants, despite having filled in appropriate termination forms. I think this guy is conniving with some SSB workers. I thorough investigation should be insituted. Hats off to ZRP.

jose - 9 February 2013

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