ZIMBABWE Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) principal director of finance, Nicholas Mapute has been removed from remand in case where is accused of abusing the organisation’s funds.
Mapute was charged together with Zimdef chief executive officer Fredrick Mandizvidza and higher education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa; the latter was recently removed from remand.
Zimdef is a department in the ministry of higher education which is headed by Professor Jonathan Moyo.
In addition, aide Malvern Chimutashu, who tried to have charges against the three dropped by offering bribes to the whistle blower had his case referred to the constitutional court after he argued that his arrest and detention was unlawful.
Mapute and the alleged accomplices were arrested last year by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) on fraud allegations involving some $122 800.
According to the State, sometime in November last year, Mandizvidza, acting in connivance with Gandawa and Mapute, unlawfully produced fake documents purporting the trustee of the fund, who is the minister, had authorised and approved the purchase of 10 heavy-duty printers worth $95,800 when in actual fact no such authorisation and approval had been made.
When the suspects released the money to Wisebone Trading, a company that specialises in agro-chemicals, no printers were supplied. The suspects are also accused of unlawfully and corruptly processing personal loans amounting to $24,000.
The State alleges that, as a result of their non-compliance with procedures, Zimdef suffered actual prejudice of $122,800 and nothing was recovered.
Prosecutors further allege that sometime between December 2015 and April this year, Gandawa corruptly concealed his personal interest in various transactions when he engaged, Fuzzy Technologies, where he is a co-director with his daughter Clarence, to supply the ministry with 170 computers worth $107,525.
He is also said to have supplied an additional 75 computers worth $42,250 and materials for use at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair worth $185,525.
Magistrate Elisha Singano presided over the case.