Mutodi remains behind bars

HARARE - Controversial businessman-cum-musician, Energy Mutodi, who allegedly fleeced desperate Mutare home-seekers of close to $2 million, has remained behind bars after High Court Judge Hlekani Mwayera yesterday struck the matter off the roll.

The flamboyant entrepreneur’s lawyer, Farai Nyamayaro approached the High Court seeking relief, after Mutare magistrate Noah Gwatidzo denied him bail.

Prosecutor Public Mpofu appearing on behalf of the State had consented to bail, but Mwayera said the court papers were not in order.

“We have no substantial reason that he is indeed likely to interfere, abscond or commit further offences,” Mpofu had told the court.

However, Mwayera said the State should have addressed issues that were raised by Gwatidzo in denying Mutodi bail.

Gwatidzo denied the musician, who is the director of National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) bail on the basis that he was facing a serious offence and that he was a flight risk.

The businessman who is facing similar charges of defrauding civil servants in Harare involving $6 million is alleged to have used the same trick to swindle Mutare residents of $1 699 620.

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

It is alleged Mutodi told the unsuspecting 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 personal use.

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