‘Mutodi habitually withdrew money for personal use’


FORMER National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) projects manager Chandafira Pasipamire told the magistrates’ court yesterday that his boss, businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi, once collected $10 000 from the trust’s coffers in the presence of two police officers claiming that he had been involved in an accident where four people had died, and the money was never recovered.


Pasipamire was testifying in a case where Mutodi and fellow NHDT trustee Boniface Chikono are being charged of swindling homeseekers of $588 787 in failed housing development schemes.

He told presiding magistrate Hosea Mujaya that Mutodi was in the habit of collecting cash from the trust’s offices which would have been paid as subscription fees by members of the trust and converting it to his personal use.

“He was involved in an accident that killed four members of the same family while he was driving his Hummer vehicle,” Pasipamire said.

“He came to the office looking shaken in the company of two police officers from Gutu and asked the cashier if he had any money. When the cashier said he had
$12 000, he requested $10 000. I asked him what he wanted to do with the cash and he just said he wanted to do certain things.”

Pasipamire said the incident happened in 2011, but no further details about the accident were heard after that.

He was speaking during cross–examination by Mutodi’s lawyer Witness Chinyama, who had asked him if the accused ever took any money from the trust’s coffers.

It also emerged during trial that Mutodi was the sole signatory to the trust’s bank accounts from which he would withdraw cash and allegedly convert it to personal use.

Mutodi is said to have lured over 16 000 civil servants to join and contribute to the housing trust. Deduction orders were given to the Salary Service Bureau to deduct certain amounts of money on a monthly basis from civil servants who had joined the trust. It is alleged that sometime in 2007, Mutodi changed the account signing arrangement, and made himself the sole signatory.

At least $588 787 was paid in by the complainants and, contrary to his promises, he allegedly withdrew all the money and converted it to his own use.


  1. That modus operand of withdrawing funds is very common in most ailing institutions especially those led by people who publicise that they are holders of Masters nemadegree.Maybe zviri muzvidzidzo zvavo.Us commoners might not know it coz hatina kufunda ka

  2. Mutodi has a network of companions, including the local gvt minister. Isu veku Gimboki kwa Mutare takato kanda mapfumo pasi. Mari yose yataka bhadhara since 2006 yakadyiwa na Mutodi and the Minister never said a word. Hatina ma stands but the Minister is in the luxury of our hard earned cash. The helpless always remain so in Zimbabwe, it is survival of the fittest, and the fittest require zpf seat belts to remain safe. Mwari pindirai nyaya ye GIMBOKI.

  3. aaaah izita here rinonzi ‘gimboki’ kana nemiwo makashinga, you should supposed to reconsider the verification of those housing co op. are they register why should subcribe or abibe to the illegal contract i am no sure

  4. mmmmmm unoshaya kuti zvinombofamba sei why should allow this guy appear on the social network such as zimpunk. musician,what picture are we give to our children.guys be serious………………….

  5. Ane Hummer?? Akashanda kupi Energy kuwana mari yekutenga Hummer. Imiwo vanhu makapusa, munhu nouya neHummer okuti ndibhadhare mari ndikupe stand?? Wobvuma?? Ngaakupe stand wogara then wobhadhara zvishoma nezvishoma, wawepo pastand pako.

  6. i invested in zimnat, beverley pups etc. It went up in smoke with this dollarisation. Pasi nembavha.

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