Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
SUSPECTED land baron Everson Luni of Maiziview Projects Private Limited was on Tuesday dragged to court charged with fraud after he reportedly duped a home seeker of a stand worth US$16 000.
Luni was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti.
The court heard that in July 2019, the complainant Everisto Bosha went to Maiziview Projects offices in Eastlea looking for a stand to procure and he was advised by Luni, the managing director that they had stands available for sale.
It is alleged that Bosha was advised that stand number 1004 Morton Road Mabelreign was available and had been reserved for him and he made a deposit of US$500 and was issued a receipt.
On August 29, Bosha made a transfer of ZWL$87 550 which was equivalent to US$8500 at the interbank rate from his CABS account and was issued a receipt by Maiziview.
On October 2, Bosha made a transfer of ZWL$91 000 which was equivalent to US$7000 and was issued with a receipt making the money US$16 000.
The court heard that after making the full payment, Bosha was advised that he would receive an offer letter within a month but it never came and in December 2019 he was advised by Luni that he couldn’t provide him with that stand and went to show him other stands which he never allocated.
Bosha failed to recover the stand or the money leading to Luni’s arrest.
Moses Mapanga appeared for the State.