By Mary Taruvinga
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name was dropped in a in a botched deal which resulted in a Harare man losing US$488 000.
This emerged when a suspected fraudster, Eustine Charambira (33) appeared in court accused of duping a Harare man Erasmus Chimbumu of US$488 000 in a mining chemical deal.
The court heard Charambira indicated to her Chimbumu that she can only deliver after he gave her US$1 million since the deal included Mnangagwa and some unnamed army generals who wanted their share of the spoils.
Prosecutors initially consented to $50 000 but made a U-turn on its decision after establishing that Charambira had previous convictions for similar offences.
Allegations are that last October, Charambira was approached by the complainant, who wanted to buy mining chemicals.
This was after he was referred by one of his suppliers, Ragu Sivaragas.
Charambira told the complainant that, indeed, she had a company that imported the chemicals from the United Kingdom through Durban, South Africa, where they would collect them into the country.
It is alleged that the complainant told the accused person that he had only Zimbabwean dollars Charambira told him that her company only sold the chemicals in United States dollars.
Charambira allegedly phoned the complainant the next day and advised him to send the money in local currency to various bank accounts and suppliers, who would change the money into the US dollars at the black market rate.
“From October to December 2020, the complainant sent money to various accounts supplied by Charambira.She told the complainant that he would get his chemicals in January 2021, but later changed stance and told him that the money had been stolen after failing to meet her deadline,” said prosecutors.
The complainant allegedly reported the matter to Borrowdale Police Station and she was summoned.
It is alleged Charambira told the police that she delayed telling the complainant that the money was stolen because the person who stole the money promised to pay back in April this year.
After being further asked, Charambira told the complainant that she was expecting US$1 million from an investor, who is based in the United Kingdom in a deal that involved the President and some army generals.
Charambira again asked for US$100 000 to charter a private jet for the investor from the UK to Zimbabwe so that he could bring the US$1 million, which is part of the deal which she promised to use to pay him back.
The complainant allegedly sent US$50 000 to Chirambira through Sivaragas, but he later on established that there was no investor brought from the UK and that there was no money that was stolen.
The State alleges the accused person prejudiced the complainant of US$488 000 and nothing was recovered.