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Director charged with fraud

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The director of Force One Marketing, David Simbarashe Nyamuda (37), has been taken to court on allegations of defrauding Union Project Organisation of 170 tonnes of maize valued at $41 000.
Nyamuda appeared before Harare magistrate Olivia Mariga facing charges of contravening Section 136 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which is fraud and was remanded out of custody on $200 bail.
Nyamuda’s lawyer George Chikumbirike gave notice to the state that on the next hearing, August 18, he would make an application that there was no reasonable suspicion that Nyamuda committed the offence.
“The facts do not suggest that my client committed an offence, but due to time and business of the court, the application shall be made on the next hearing,” Chikumbirike said.
The state alleged that on May 27 last year, Nyamuda won a tender to purchase 170 tonnes of maize from Union Project Organisation at Agriculture House after presenting his bid.
However, during the period between July and August last year, Nyamuda allegedly collected maize from different Union Project centres on the pretext that payment would be made within a week after collection. Centres from which Nyamuda allegedly collected maize were Nyauma-Karoi, Magunje-Karoi, Honde Valley, Nyangavi- Guruve, Dotito-Mt Darwin, Stanmore-Masvingo, Ngwerume-Murewa and Domboshava.
The state alleged Nyamuda never paid for the maize as per his initial agreement but instead converted the proceeds to his own use.
Nyamuda allegedly vacated from his business premises at number 48 St George Street, Ardbennie, and settled at an address unknown to Union Project officials.
The state alleged Nyamuda’s luck ran out on July 27 this year when Kudzayi Sithole, a representative and an accountant at Union Project Organisation, spotted him at National Foods premises and alerted the police, leading to his arrest. Prosecutor Nathaniel Chigoro appeared for the state.

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