11 January 2018
Highfield parliamentarian Psychology Maziwisa, 34, and journalist Oscar Pambuka, 33, were yesterday granted $300 bail each by a Harare magistrate.
The duo, facing two fraud counts, were not asked to plead to the charges when they appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
They are alleged to have duped the Zimbabwe Power Company of $12 650.
The State represented by Linda Gadzikwa is alleging that in January 2016 the accused persons brought a letter to the power company’s then managing director Noah Gwariro that was signed by former energy minister Samuel Undenge, directing him to work with the accused’s company, Fruitful Communications.
Maziwisa and Pambuka are said to have had a meeting with ZPC represented by Gwariro and the company’s public relations executive, Fadzai Chisveto, where they entered into a verbal agreement that Fruitful Communications will do publicity work for ZPC.
For the agreement, Gadzikwa indicated the duo first had a ZimASSET conference at a local hotel where Undenge was a guest of honour.
On March 8, 2016, the pair brought a misrepresenting invoice to Chisveto where they claimed to have done radio and television adverts for the company.
Chisveto acted on the misrepresentations and ordered Fruitful Communications to be paid $12 650.
On May 5, the accused employed the same method in which they submitted a $36 000 invoice to ZPC but the latter realised no job had been done on the initial payment.
Magistrate Mugwagwa ordered the accused to deposit $300 each, to surrender their passports, to reside at their given addresses, Maziwisa to report once every week at Mabelreign police station, while Pambuka will report once every week at Waterfalls police.
The matter was remanded to January 24.
Jonathan Samkange represented the accused.