Former MDC MP convicted of $95 000 fraud

HARARE - Tangwara Matimba, former Buhera South MDC legislator, has been convicted of fraud after swindling a US-based couple of $95 000 in a housing deal.

Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya found Matimba guilty as charged.

“I am inclined to release you pending sentence but on $10 000 bail,” he said.

Prosecutor Michael Reza said Matimba, who is an owner of Property Hopes Real Estate, had put the name of the estate agency into disrepute.

“The accused person’s moral blameworthiness is very high considering that he was a former Member of Parliament. He has brought into disrepute the profession of estate agents,” he said.

Matimba denied the allegations arguing everything he did was approved by the complainant, Liberty Madzingira, who is based in the US.

The accused implied property owners had approved the sale and agreed he could get buyers who could pay between $80 000 and $90 000.

“We told the person who owned the house, Brian Mafirambudzi, about the sale and he approved $70 000 in instalments but complainant’s brother Jimias refused to accept the money and said he had settled for $95 000 not $70 000,” he said.

Matimba said his company kept the $70 000 while he sourced the $25 000 balance.

Jimias said he only knew that his brother’s house had been sold after confronting Mafirambudzi because he stopped paying rentals.

Mafirambudzi told the court that he bought the house for $95 000 from Matimba.

Receipts produced in court showed Mafirambudzi paid $95 000 and not $70 000 as claimed by Matimba.

Comments (6)

VHARIRAYI MBAVHA

Mukanya - 20 February 2014

Aspiring politicians should have properties and not poverty before being elected. This will reduce corruption. This should be civic duty and not a profession

JACKSON Mushayapokuvaka - 20 February 2014

Aspiring politicians should have properties and not poverty before being elected. This will reduce corruption. This should be civic duty and not a profession

JACKSON Mushayapokuvaka - 20 February 2014

Inyaya dzezvimbadzo idzi. Hapana asingazive Mafirambudzi

kokorigo - 20 February 2014

Inyaya dzezvimbadzo idzi. Hapana asingazive Mafirambudzi

kokorigo - 20 February 2014

Him being a former M.P. has no relevance to him being a fraudster. Maybe if he was still one it would make sense. Not everything is about ZPF or MDC!

saundy - 20 February 2014

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