Businessman in custody for $192k ZRP swindle

HARARE - A Harare businessman and gospel musician facing charges of swindling the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) a sum of $192 000 in a music equipment deal gone awry has been denied bail.

Magistrate Donald Ndirowei remanded Herman Chimusoro in custody to January 16.

Chimusoro, who imports and sells music instruments is alleged to have converted $192 000 received from ZRP Staff College for purchase of music instruments to his own use.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira opposed bail because the state feared Chimusoro would interfere with investigations if released.

In his bail application, Chimusoro’s lawyer argued that the case must be settled by the Civil Court.

He said there was no likelihood Chimusoro would interfere with investigations.

“Accused will not interfere with investigations as witnesses in this matter are highly placed members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police,” he said.

“He has always been supplying instruments to the police and even the instruments that are used by the military band are his.”

Chimusoro’s lawyer said his client was prepared to surrender travel documents, deposit $1 000 and abide by any conditions set by the court, but the plea was rejected.

Mashavira alleged that sometime in May last year, police chief superintendent Marange wanted to purchase musical instruments for the ZRP Staff College.

Marange reportedly engaged Chimusoro and was charged $192 000 which he paid prior to the importation of the instruments.

Chimusoro converted the money to personal use, the court heard.

When Marange made follow ups, he was given eight speakers and later told by Chimusoro that he had squandered the cash.

Chimusoro was subsequently arrested.

Comments (1)

He who dances with a crocodile must have a plan on what to do when the music stops.

Chemberedzagumhana - 17 December 2013

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