13 Nov, 2019 - 09:11 0 Views
EX-BOSS BACK IN COURT Patrick Mavhura (L)


Lesleigh Chidawanyika

FORMER Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Chief Executive officer Patrick Mavhura and ex-head finance, administration and human resources Benenia were back in court on routine remand.

Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba deferred the matter to December 3 pending finalisation of the matter.

The two are accused of conniving in defrauding the national broadcaster of US$250 000.

It is the State’s case that acting ZBC CEO Wisdom Hombarume asked acting chief finance officer Maxwell Judah to give him a report on the state of the broadcaster’s finances.

Hombarume allegedly discovered that Mavhura and Shumba siphoned money paid by Total Media and Adrenalin advertising agencies.

On December 12 last year, the duo signed two separate contracts with Total Media who made an advance payment of US$100 000.

It was agreed that ZBC would in turn supply value-added advertising airtime amounting to US$149 500 to Total Media.

On January 19 this year, Shumba allegedly wrote to Total Media asking the agency to deposit the funds into a Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers Ecobank Trust account instead of a ZBC account.

The cash was later withdrawn and used to purchase Mavhura’s residential stand at Number 98 William Pollet Road, Philadelphia, Borrowdale in Harare.

Another charge is that on February 1, Shumba and Mavhura signed a similar contract with Adrenalin, who made an advance payment of US$100 000.

On the same day, it is alleged, Shumba again originated a letter directing the firm to deposit the cash into the lawyer’s trust account from where it was again withdrawn.

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