Mutodi seeks High Court relief

HARARE - Flamboyant businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi has taken his fight for freedom to the High Court following his detention on allegations of swindling desperate home-seekers of close to $2 million.

The musician, who is the director of National Housing Development Trust (NHDT), remained in custody after Mutare magistrate Noah Gwatidzo dismissed his bail application.

Gwatidzo said the musician, who is represented by Farai Nyamayaro, was facing a serious offence and he was a flight risk.

Nyamayaro appealed against the ruling. The matter had been slated for hearing yesterday before High Court judge Hlekani Mwayera, but prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba told the court that the Attorney General’s office had not yet allocated the case to any law officer.

Mwayera postponed the matter to tomorrow.

The businessperson, who is facing charges of defrauding civil servants in Harare of $6m, is alleged to have used the same trick to swindle Mutare residents of $1 699 620.

Mutodi is alleged to have misrepresented to several civil servants and lured them to contribute monthly payments to NHDT on the hope that they would be allocated residential stands after the purchase of land in Mutare’s Gimboki South Housing project.

It is alleged Mutodi told the home-seekers that the money would go towards pegging and servicing of the stands, before they were to be allocated to each one of them.

The court heard varying amounts of cash were deducted from the complainants’ salaries through Salary Service Bureau Stop Order facility, but the colourful musician converted the money to his personal use.

 

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