12 October 2018
Dexter Nduna and Wicknell chivayo
The trial of Harare businessmen Wicknell Chivayo and Genius Kadungure yesterday continued with Chegutu West Constituency legislature Dexter Nduna saying Genius informed him that Wicknell was the one who conned him.
Whilst giving his evidence in court, Nduna who is the second complainant in the matter, said he was told that Wicknell was the one who took the money.
“Genius called me and said he took money from the Gatawa brothers and as for my money Genius said it was Wicknell who took it,” he said.
“I have never met Wicknell in person. I only saw him once when he appeared at the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee in Parliament,” he said.
Nduna conceded that he had been duped of his money because he had done shallow investigations when he made the payment.
“I am just an innocent, ordinary successful businessman and I had so much trust and that is why I ended up making shallow investigation but I have learnt from my mistake and I am now hoping that the court with make justice prevail,” he said.
Harare magistrate Morgan Nemadire, who is presiding over the matter, deferred the matter to October 18 to allow another witness to make submissions in court.
The accused, Wicknell and Genius are both pleading not guilty to the two counts of fraud.
The State is alleging that sometime in November 2012, Chivayo connived with Kadungure and created a fictitious company they named Transco Civil Engineering, purportedly based in South Africa.
Further, the duo opened an ABSA Bank account and an e-mail account [email protected] purporting to be doing business for Marange Diamonds, one of the companies that operated in Chiadzwa, Marange.
It is also alleged the duo rented a space at Hetzner (Private) Limited in South Africa from where they operated.
Chivayo and Kadungure contacted the first complainant who is yet to be revealed, pretending to be chief buyers at Marange Resources, looking for mining pumps.
They gave the complainant an order 10 T-90 Transco-Flo Helical Rotor pumps to which he deposited ZAR446 900 and ZAR300 000.
After the transaction, the complainant was told to go back to Zimbabwe and wait for his delivery which would come after three days via DHL.
However, to his surprise, the complainant got a parcel full of cellphone chargers.
The State also alleges that the two approached Nduna in the same manner before he was given an order for 20 T-90 Transco Helical Rotor pumps.