State appeals against Kadungure's bail

HARARE - Harare tycoon Genius Kadungure, who is facing R1,5 million fraud charges, will endure seven more days in remand prison after the State appealed against his bail under Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.

Kadungure, famed for all-white parties, was granted $1 500 bail by Harare magistrate Milton Serima yesterday with stringent bail conditions to report at CID Serious Fraud Squad every Monday to Friday, reside at his given address and not to interfere with state witnesses.

But prosecutor Michael Reza could not consent to the ruling to free Kadungure. 

“The State’s intention is to appeal to the High Court in terms of section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act. We are not happy with the court’s ruling,” he said.

Kadungure’s lawyer, Jonathan Samukange said the court would be infringing on the constitution by invoking section 121 and also notified the court of his intention to take the matter to the Constitutional court.

Reza alleged that Kadungure swindled Zanu PF MP for Chegutu West, Dexter Nduna, who is the managing director of Badon Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, and a Kadoma-based miner only identified as Gatawa of R1 581 890.


It is the State’s case that sometime in November 2012, Kadungure and his accomplices created a fictitious company named Transco Civil Engineering purportedly based in South Africa and opened an Absa account for the company.

The court herd, Kadungure created an e-mail account named procurement@marangediamonds.com, pretending to be a legitimate representative of Marange Resources. He then allegedly contacted the complainants over the phone and misrepresented himself as the chief buyer for Marange Resources looking for mining pumps at competitive prices.

He referred complainants to his bogus company, Transco Civil Engineering in South Africa on the pretext it was a recommended supplier for the pumps.

On December 4, Gatawa sent his brother Enock to South Africa to purchase the pumps. He was ordered to deposit

R1 046 890 for the purchase of 10 flight pumps in the Absa bank account.

After the transfers, Enock was told by Transco Civil Engineering “officials” to go back to Zimbabwe and check for his parcel with DHL in three days.

On December 12, Gatawa went to DHL Airport branch to collect the pumps and was shocked to receive a parcel of cellphone chargers, instead.

 

Comments (2)

A person like Philip Chiyangwa qualifies to be calleda tycoon but not these mickey mouse conmen who masquerade as businessmen. A tycoon with a flourishing business does not steal $95k; he makes that in one month.

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