Mutare – A 43-year-old Harare man allegedly used the Chief Government Mining Engineer’s name to secure a contract with Redwing Mine and prejudiced the Penhalonga based gold mine of $718,75.
Charles Lloyd Shamwe (43), allegedly approached the mine in March this year, misrepresenting himself as a government-certified Destruction Ropes Testing Agent.
He allegedly furnished the mining company with his company profile, Steel Wire Ropes Zimbabwe, with a letterhead indicating the company was a government-approved ropes-testing organisation.
Shamwe is then said to have entered into a contract of testing a 22 metre piece of rope for Redwing and was paid $718,75.
He allegedly produced a false certificate of the test, indicating the 22m rope had passed the test.
Armed with the fake certificate, the mining company presented to the Chief Government Mining Engineer’s office the document which the office, upon scrutiny, questioned.
The Chief Government Mining Engineer’s office distanced itself from the certification letter that Shamwe allegedly used when he entered into a contract with the Penhalonga gold-mining company.
The matter was then reported to police leading to Shamwe’s arrest in Harare.
The matter appeared before Mutare magistrate Fabian Feshete on Wednesday for initial remand and Shamwe was remanded to November 18 on $100 bail.
Fortunate Bere prosecuted.