Warrant of arrest for Tich Mataz

HARARE - A warrant of arrest has been issued against popular radio personality Tichafa “Tich Mataz” Matambanadzo, accused of defrauding Star FM of $126 000.

Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo issued the warrant yesterday after the former programmes manager failed to turn up for his routine remand hearing together with his defence counsels Wellington Pasipanodya and Tinashe Tanyanyaiwa.

Matambanadzo allegedly swindled the radio station between June 25 last year and May this year.

The DJ allegedly misrepresented to Star FM’s clients that the station did not have the capacity to produce certain programmes.

He, however, indicated that he was an agent of Star FM through companies called Hamtec and Onesay Investments, the court heard.

He allegedly wrote letters on Star FM letterheads, purporting that the radio station had contracted the two companies to advertise on its behalf.

As a result of the misrepresentation, Constitutional Select Committee, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, European Union, American Embassy, Ster Kinekor and OK Zimbabwe approached Hamtec and Onesay and placed their adverts, which were later aired on Star FM.

Due to the misrepresentation, Star FM lost $104 032,80 in revenue.

It is alleged that Tich Mataz further prejudiced Star FM after he converted laptops and cell phones for personal use in a deal where the radio station had offered Goldtech and Cellone Electronics radio airtime, in exchange of the gadgets.

He allegedly prejudiced the radio station of $21 807.

Mataz is alleged to have organised another deal on behalf of Star FM, where eight designer suits, shirts and shoes were acquired from a company called Status-Quo in exchange of radio airtime worth $4 800.

The popular radio DJ allegedly converted radio airtime worth $1 106, 40 to personal use.

The radio station allegedly suffered $126 946, 65 in total.

Comments (4)

what has became of our once loved tv persornality

zobodo - 2 October 2013

Baba inzara in Zimbabwe and hunger for good things as a popular radio personality........Iwe unoti RSA yakamudzingirei baba...its because of this kind of behaviour..he is just messing up with his career..and now who wants to hire him even if other radio and TV stations are opened up na Jonathan Moyo since he promised that he is ready to open up airwaves.......Tich is now unemployable and who ever employs Tich Mataz is doing it at his own peril...He is a criminal.....justice should just take its course

Clemence Tashaya - 2 October 2013

Haarege chitsotsi akaita sei?

tich - 2 October 2013

he is one of those unlucky guys who have been caught and is being investigated.a lot is happenning in zimbabwe.watch this space

fidelis - 3 October 2013

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