Pambuka, Maziwisa fraud trial postponed

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By Court Reporter

THE fraud trial of former broadcaster Oscar Pambuka and ex-Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa was Thursday deferred to a later day with State’s consent.

The two are accused of swindling Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of $12,000 through their company Fruitful communications firm after they claimed payments for public relations programmes supposedly carried out for the power utility.

Their trial will continue September 4 this year.

Court alleges they were handpicked to for the contract by former energy minister Samuel Undenge who has since been convicted for the offence.

Prosecutor Michael Reza claims the two would request for money each time ZPC’s name was mentioned on radio or television saying they influenced publication.

Court heard the two were hired even though Zesa Holdings has a fully-fledged public relations department whose personnel are still on its payroll.

As a result, ZPC allegedly lost $12,600 which was paid to the duo.

Prosecutors said ZPC could have suffered a prejudice of $36 000 for other projects purportedly carried out by the two.

Francis Mapfumo is presiding over the case.