Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
Police Commisioner Erasmus Makodza yesterday pleaded not guilty to corruptly abusing his post or concealing from police the business dealings of his girlfriend on a police farm.
Makodza appeared before Harare regional magistrate Noel Mupeyiwa.
Makodza denied the allegations and told the court that he recused himself from attending anything to do with Maonei Chapfudza, his alleged girlfriend hence he didn’t chair the meeting that decided on applications for a public private partnership with the ZRP as regards to police farms.
He also told the court that he didn’t sign any documents binding the ZRP with Chapfudza nor did he act on behalf of his principal to create legal relations and was a non-participant in the whole event.
Makodza also denied failing to disclose interest in the transaction because he was not in a relationship with Chapfudza and just had a child by her two years prior and out of the abundance of caution and in order to avoid the situation where he could be said to have abused his office by entertaining the application that’s why he recused himself.
He denied every acting in contrary to his duties as a public officer and did have no legal obligation to disclose his private relationship with anyone as they were not relevant in the conduct of his official; duties.
According to the state, Makodza allowed his girlfriend to run private businesses on a police farm since 2019 without paying anything into police funds.
Makodza, who allegedly purported to be representing the police in the deal structured with his girlfriend, Mawonei Chapfudza, entered into a joint venture agreement for Lendy Farm in Marondera in 2019 and imposed her as a private investor.
Chapfudza then, with the alleged blessing of Makodza, used the police farm for her personal business without remitting anything in terms of the agreement.
Tendai Shonhai and Tafara Chirambira appeared for the State.
The matter is back in court today for trial continuation.