Businessman in court on $700k fraud charges

MUTARE - A Mutare businessman accused of fraud and forgery worth $700 000 appeared in court yesterday.

Kuziwa Peter Kanyenze appeared before magistrate Tracy Muzondo.

He allegedly forged an affidavit claiming that he had only been loaned and advanced $50 000 instead of $700 000.

Kanyenze produced the affidavit at the centre of the case before a High Court judge in 2014 where he was contesting Tatenda Charity Nyazungu’s claims that she had loaned and advanced him $714 000 in 2013, which he failed to repay.

He claimed, through the affidavit, that he had instead only received $50 000 which he has since repaid.

Nyazungu later launched a police report, leading to the arrest of Kanyenze for fraud and forgery.

The case was adjourned to today after the prosecution alleged conflict of interest on Kanyenze’s lawyer — Cosmas Chibaya — who they want barred from the case.

Prosecuting, Matthew Chimutunga alleged that Nyazungu had been consulting Chibaya over the case but was surprised to learn that Chibaya was representing the accused.

In his opposing argument, Chibaya stated that he never considered her his client and he was not conflicted.

Judgment on whether Chibaya will be barred will be delivered today.

It is the State’s case that Kanyenze was loaned and advanced $714 000 the debt he allegedly acknowledged by writing a letter to Nyazungu. He however, then failed to pay back the amount triggering the High Court application where the affidavit was used.

The trial continues today.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.