Lumumba gets conditional bail

HARARE - Viva Zimbabwe leader and former Zanu PF youth leader Lumumba William Gerald Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba, was yesterday freed on conditional bail by the Harare Magistrates’ Court on forgery and fraud charges.

Lumumba, 28, is jointly charged with his personal assistant Tonderai Maphosa.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe released the two on $300 each. They will be back in court on August 5.

According to court papers, the complainant on the first charge of forgery is the State represented by Chamunorwa Nduku, who is employed by the Central Vehicle Registry of Zimbabwe (CVR), while Justice Mabuto is the complainant on the fraud allegations.

The court heard that on an unknown date, the two accused persons were in possession of a Toyota Ipsum, which the State alleges was not registered with the CVR and was not in the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) database.

The two reportedly planned to defraud prospective car buyers.

They reportedly connived with Gilson Mubaiwa, whom the State allege is yet to be arrested, and allegedly forged a counterfeit registration book, which they fraudulently filled in with details of the Toyota Ipsum.

They reportedly used Lumumba’s residential address and his mother’s name as the registered owner of the motor vehicle.

According to State papers, Maphosa took the motor vehicle to a car sale in town, where he allegedly assigned Evans Mereki to find prospective buyers, claiming the car was properly registered.

Mabuto later bought the car in July last year and paid $1 850, before he was advised that the registration book was in Lumumba’s possession.

Lumumba later brought the registration book, which was declared fake by CVR officials in January this year, when Mabuto attempted to buy a licence for the motor vehicle.

It was later discovered that the car was not registered and that it was not in Zimra’s database, in developments that led to the duo’s arrest.  

Lumumba was arrested last week after he was recently released on $400 bail on charges of insulting President Robert Mugabe.

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Stand up Viva Zimbabwe we need fresh blood

Slim Cat - 12 July 2016

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