Hillary Tandi seeks discharge

HARARE - Former Studio 263 actor, Tafadzwa Gregory Hillary Tandi, who is accused of fleecing a couple of $23 500 after lying that he planned Bona Mugabe’s wedding has applied for discharge.

Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo will pass the ruling on December 24.

In his defence, Tandi argues that the complainants brought a civil matter to a criminal court.

He said the complainant was trying to induce him to pay the money back.

According to the investigating officer, Edward Mtandwa, Tandi used the money to renovate his home.

It is alleged that Tandi lied that he was a choreographer employed by Cresta Lodge and only made part payments towards organising the wedding before converting the rest of the money to personal use.

“When I went to Pabani I saw the events manager who told me that Tandi had paid $2 000 for the venue instead of $4 000 that accused person misrepresented to have paid,” he said.

“Tandi then mentioned that he had tasked other people to assist him. He indicated that he paid

$1 200 to one Muwishi to do the cake but when I interviewed her, she had only received $400.”

Tandi allegedly lied that he had given the cameraman $700 but it was established that he had not signed even a contract with him.

Prosecutor George Manokore alleged that Tandi approached the couple, which was preparing for the wedding sometime in March this year.

He reportedly lied that he was a choreographer employed by Cresta Lodge and that he had successfully planned Bona Mugabe’s wedding. The complainants engaged Tandi and were charged $1 000 before receiving a quotation of $30 000, which would be for the total wedding costs.

Tandi received $20 000 to get arrangements going and was later given another $9 000.

He then went to Pabani Lodge with the complainants for payment of the venue, but failed to do so because the secretary was not available that day.

On another date, Tandi brought a list of payments which he purported to have made, written on a Miracle Magic Weddings letterhead. The letterhead aroused suspicion. The complainants then proceeded to Pabani and found that only $2 000 had been paid instead of $4 000 as listed on the price list.

The complainants also discovered that $2 500 instead of $5 000 had been paid for décor, and nothing had been paid for the cake designer, catering and stationery. This prompted the complainants to report the matter to the police.

Tandi then returned $3 000 to the complainants through EcoCash after realising that the matter had been reported to the police.

 

Comments (5)

i thought that this guys surname was Indi. Correct me if I am wrong

mangwe - 20 December 2014

kkkkk use to be called Hillary Indi son to INDIS who use tohave cosmetic factory in masasa kkkk only to know today that wasn`t kkkkkkkkkk

kwete kwete - 20 December 2014

kkkkk use to be called Hillary Indi son to INDIS who use tohave cosmetic factory in masasa kkkk only to know today that wasn`t kkkkkkkkkk

kwete kwete - 20 December 2014

mumba mematsotsi nembavha mujeri.ko yamutodi nescandalous housing scheme yake yave papi?yakatopera?

mutongigava - 21 December 2014

We want jobs and nothing more!

Goal Worth Global Network Employment Agency - 27 December 2014

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