Energy Mutodi lodges fresh bail appeal

HARARE - Controversial businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi, who allegedly fleeced desperate Mutare home-seekers of close to $2 million, has filed a fresh bail application after High Court Judge Hlekani Mwayera struck the matter off the roll last week.

The flamboyant entrepreneur’s lawyer Farai Nyamayaro from Farai Nyamayaro Law Chambers yesterday approached High Court Judge Priscilla Chigumba seeking relief, after Mutare magistrate Noah Gwatidzo denied him bail.

However, Chigumba deferred the matter to today after prosecutor Public Mpofu and Nyamayaro agreed for a postponement.

Mpofu told the court he did not manage to file his response to the application timeously.

Gwatidzo denied the musician bail, arguing that he was facing a serious offence and that he was a flight risk.

The businessman, who has been behind bars for the past two weeks, is the director of National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) and is accused of swindling Mutare residents of $1 699 620.

Mutodi is facing similar charges of defrauding civil servants in Harare of $6 million.

According to State papers, Mutodi misrepresented to several desperate civil servants and lured them to contribute monthly payments to NHDT in the hope that they will 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 that 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.

Comments (1)

Zvakumomotera mufana why did you do that? You are a thief nhai?

jonzo - 16 August 2013

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