Ministries duped by bogus firm

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Government ministries bought vehicle spares, protective clothing and other materials from a bogus local firm, Electroforce Wholesalers, whose directors reportedly clandestinely obtained company documents from the Registrar of Companies Offices.

The alleged phoney company operated from Chisipite, Harare, and supplied materials to the Ministries of Public Construction, Transport and Health and Child Welfare among other government institutions, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Air Force of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra).

The firms co-directors Chamunorwa Maunganidze (37) and Byron Nhira (32) appeared before regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya charged with forgery or alternatively contravening section 343 of the Companies Act which criminalises false statements by directors and others.

They were also charged with operating without a shop licence. In their defence, they argued their firm was duly registered through the services of one Shepherd Tadziwa whose business is to register companies, and the papers presented to Maunganidze and Nhira had a genuine registrar of companies stamp.

Prosecutor Michael Reza said on May 26 2010, the two men allegedly used forged and falsified CR14 documents and compiled their company profile which contained false information concerning the firms directorship. Their trial continues on March 14.

l Meanwhile the wrangle for the ownership of the Trauma Centre Hospital is far from over despite the medical institution having been returned to VivekSolanki through a court order.

Yesterday, African Medical Investment (AMI) Plc submitted another urgent chamber application at the High Court under case number HC 2482/12, seeking an order to prepare an inventory and asset register of Trauma Centre.