Dinha's extortion case deferred

HARARE - The minister of State for Mashonaland Central Martin Dinha’s lawyer Tapson Dzvetero has accused the State of attempting to ambush him in a case in which his client is accused of soliciting $60 000 from a white commercial farmer.

Dinha’s trial was supposed to begin yesterday before High Court judge Happious Zhou.

Dzvetero told the court he had not been provided with the necessary State papers in order for him to prepare a defence outline and argue the case properly.

Zhou postponed the matter to Friday.

Dinha, who is out of custody on $1 000 bail, is facing money laundering, criminal abuse of duty and bribery charges.

Prosecutors accused Dinha of demanding $60 000 from Guy Frank Dollar between 2012 and March 2013 in Centenary.

The court heard that he was given the money through Saineti Magore Madzamba after promising that he would use his position as governor and resident minister of Mashonaland Central and chairperson of the provincial lands committee to facilitate the processing of an offer letter in Dollar’s favour.

The letter was in connection with Tzoro Farm in Centenary and served to protect Dollar from being evicted from the farm.

The court heard that Dollar faced problems with new farmers who had been allocated A2 plots from his farm.

Dollar reportedly met Dinha at his house and was advised that the $60 000 had been given to a higher authority.

It was further alleged that from March 2013, to July 15, this year, Dinha unlawfully received and disposed of $40 000 deposited into his POSB bank account by Tsitsi Nyika, who had been given the money by Madzamba.

Clemence Chimbari and Tapiwa Kasema appeared for the State.


Comments (3)

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Colgate - 20 October 2015

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Comrade Nungu - 21 October 2015

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