IT expert in Bennett case still employed

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An information technology ‘expert’ who testified last month in the ongoing trial of MDC treasurer general Roy Bennett has said he is still an employee of a local IT firm, dispelling rumours that he had been fired.

Perekayi Denchard Mutsetse, a Mutare-based employee for internet service provider Africom told NewsDay last week that he was still employed at the company and no official communication “has come from head office about his employment status”.

Soon after giving testimony which attracted a lot of interest over his exposure by Bennett’s lawyers as being far from the expert he claimed to be, rumour circulated over how he had been chosen as a key state witness and his future at Africom.

Africom last week issued a press statement distancing itself from the testimony by Mutsetse and described his involvement in the trial as “personal”.

“Africom Holdings and its subsidiaries, is not at liberty to comment on the personal involvement of Mr Perekayi Mutsetse in the Roy Bennett case, as it is an ongoing matter before the court of law,” reads part of the statement which was issued in “response to numerous calls and inquiries from our valued customers”.

Mutsetse said his colleagues had also been receiving rumours of his dismissal but said he had nothing official from head office.

“Last Saturday I was told by a colleague when I was at work that I had been fired but I have not received any official communication from the head office (in Harare),” said Metsetse.