Businessman up for fraud

HARARE - Harare businessman Bernard Mahara Mutanga was hauled before the courts yesterday after he allegedly illegally sold land belonging to CFI Holdings (CFI) and swindled buyers of more than $20 000.

Mutanga, 49, of 15 Hawkshed Drive, Borrowdale in Harare appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe charged with fraud.

He was released on $200 bail.

Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that sometime in November last year Mutanga advertised in newspapers and on the Internet that he was selling core houses in Glen View 7 along Amalinda Drive in Harare.

The court heard that Raymond Maravi, Sharon Nyaradzo, Angela Kanyemba and Christine Musa responded and made enquiries at Mutanga’s offices before visiting the construction site.

Between December and January this year, Mutanga sold the stands which were registered in the name of Crest Breeders International a subsidiary of CFI.

Mutanga reportedly misrepresented to the complainants that the stands belonged to him and was properly placed to sell them.

It was further alleged that Mutanga made the four to pay $5 000 towards the stands’ purchase.

He also promised the complainants that he would construct core houses that would be ready for occupation starting from February this year.

The court heard in a bid to convince the complainants Mutanga reportedly built one unit of the house and another which was still under construction.

The complainants

allegedly fell to his trick and paid a total $20 200, but, however, Mutanga immediately abandoned construction at the site.

It is alleged that in March, the victims visited the site and discovered that no construction was taking place.

When they confronted Mutanga, he told them that incessant rainfall had stalled progress hence would resume after the rainy season.

However, when the complainants made follow-ups in May,

Mutanga started becoming evasive and the matter was subsequently reported to the police.

A check was made with CFI Holdings the owners of the land and it was established that Mutanga had no rights over the residential stands he sold.

Mutanga was subsequently arrested.

Comments (1)

whats is actually wrong with our justice can someone who swindles ordinary citizens of their hard earned cash be given a paltry $200.00 bail.

pfidzayi chimwamurombe - 25 June 2016

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