COURT: Top media personalities to testify against Pambuka and MP Maziwisa

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By Court Reporter

THREE top media personalities have been lined up to testify against fraud-accused ZANU PF legislator for Highfield Psychology Maziwisa and former ZBC news anchor Oscar Pambuka.

The two are accused fleecing the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of $12,000 while pretending to be doing public relations for the parastatal.

ZPC public relations executive Fadzai Chisveto told court Tuesday that the two would claim payment each time the company’s name was mentioned in media.

Chisveto said the accused would claim they influenced the publicity in line with ZIMASSET and demand to be paid.

She confirmed that the duo did some work for their company in form of publicity campaigns on radio and television.

ZPC staff believed the two were government agents since they had indicated they had been authorised to do the work by President’s office.

Maziwisa and Pumbuka, in their defence, argue that they never collected payment for projects they did not carry out.

Meanwhile, Rumbidzai Moyo – a famous DJ better known as ‘Lady of Distinction’, former ZBC newscaster Marion Shaba and head of news at the state broadcaster Tarzen Mandizidza are some of the witnesses lined to testify against the accused.

Maziwisa and Pambuka are each facing two fraud counts.

Prosecuting, Michael Reza said the two unlawfully got paid $12,600 by ZPC after misleading the company.

Court heard that parastatal could also have lost $36,000 but the payment was stopped after investigations against the two commenced.

The case was remanded to July 3 for trial continuation.