MDC Alliance losing candidate for Chimanimani West constituency, Canaan Matiashe, yesterday appeared at the Mutare Magistrates’ Court facing money-laundering charges.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
Matiashe appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe, who granted him $300 bail and remanded the matter to September 3, 2018.
He was told to reside at his given address and should report at Mutare Central Police Station once a week.
Matiashe, who is being represented by Chris Ndlovu of Gonese and Ndlovu Legal Practitioners, was not asked to plead.
Allegations are that Matiashe used $370 000 to buy properties knowing fully well that the proceeds were from criminal activities in Chiadzwa.
It is the State’s case that Matiashe purchased a residential stand in Greenside suburb in Mutare and purchased several others in Greenside and a building at Nyanyadzi shopping centre in Manicaland.
The State, represented by prosecutor Fletcher Karombe, said Matiashe bought the properties to conceal the illicit origin of the said money, knowing they were proceeds of illegal dealing in diamonds from Chiadzwa, prejudicing the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company of thousands of dollars.