Talent Gore and Latwell Nyangu
A MAN in Chegutu has triggered controversy after allegedly using the services of a sangoma to try and “conceal a debt” he owed in a foreign currency deal that went sour.
Tinashe Tawona, an illegal money changer, who operates outside a leading supermarket in Chegutu, was given a bank card with $7 million.
He was ordered to sell local currency in exchange for some US dollars.
He was supposed to be given around US$1 000, from the deal, which was expected to be passed to the owner of the bank card.
However, Tinashe is alleged to have squandered the money.
Reports indicate that he then engaged the services of a sangoma to help him “conceal the debt.”
A source said:
“Tinashe lied to people that he had made a profit of US$1 000 from a deal he had struck, and squandered the money with women,” said the source.
The source said Tinashe left the stuff he got from the sangoma in a colleague’s vehicle.
“The following day I took my stuff, but Tinashe was not around and we then decided to open his plastic bag to see what was inside.
“There was a letter he had written to the person whose money he had squandered.
“The letter read: ‘Siyana neni usabvunze nezvemari yako yawakandipa, tsvaga imwe mari uende ku UK.
“‘Handina hukama newe usandibvunze nezvemari yako.’
“There were also small stones, small twigs and a bottle with water in the plastic bag.”
The source said when Tinashe came to collect his plastic bag, he was not moved at all.
“When we asked him about it, he couldn’t tell us why he had those things.”
Tinashe has denied the allegations.
“That story is a made-up story and I don’t know anything about it.
“All I know is that I gave my client his money and I have proof for that,” he said.