Mwonzora acquitted

HARARE - A Harare magistrate has cleared MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora of any wrong doing, after ruling that the State had failed to prove theft of trust property charges against the politician.

Charges against Mwonzora date back to 2006.

Magistrate Aidonia Masawi acquitted Mwonzora, following an application for discharge at the close of the State’s case filed by his lawyer Eric Matinenga.

“I am of the conviction that this is a case where evidence adduced by the State falls short of the level required for a reasonable suspicion,” Masawi said.

“The court is satisfied that inspite of the difficulties prevailing at this firm in issue, accused did his best to account for complainant’s money and to prevent complainant being prejudiced.”

According to state papers, the complainant in the case was Everson Shepherd Dandadzi.

The court heard that in May 2006 Dandadzi advertised in the Herald newspaper that he was selling a residential stand in Mabelreign through CB Richard Ellis, a registered estate agent.

The court was told that Stephen Chitongo showed interest in buying the stand which was valued at
Z$4 billion.

During the same month, the two parties entered into an agreement for sale of the said property.

According to the two parties, an agreement of sale was to be signed upon payment of a deposit of
Z$2 billion.

Matongo is said to have paid the money on the same day. It is alleged in August of the same year, Matongo made two separate cheque payments through Dandadzi’s bank account.

It had been alleged Dandadzi was not happy with the delay in payment of the last installment. He claimed the money had been eroded by inflation.

The two had disagreements resulting in Dandadzi instructing Mwonzora to cancel the agreement of sale.

State had alleged that after the cancellation of the agreement, Mwonzora did not remit the money, thereby prejudicing Dandadzi.

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