Bogus furniture dealer remanded in custody

By Patince Nyagato

A 26-year-old Harare man has appeared in court facing charges of fraud for allegedly duping more than six people in botched furniture deals.

Keith Mpame, whose shenanigans have been the subject of social media news after duping prospective furniture buyers in Harare, has appeared in court facing six counts of fraud.

Mpame allegedly misrepresented to a number of people, including one Gilbert Magaba, that he could manufacture and supply couches, bedroom suits and headboards among other things.

The accused allegedly got more than US$600 000 from the complainants but never delivered any of the furniture.

Mpame, who was remanded in custody, will be back in court this Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the state witness in the case of businessman Farai Jere told the court that there was no misrepresentation of facts in the factory acceptance test report that was produced during their trip to London although they were outstanding concerns to be addressed by the supplier.

However, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) technical service manager Julius Mapipi told the court that the supplied meters do not meet the specifications that were laid out during contract negotiation hence ZETDC might have suffered prejudice.

Jere and his Company Helcraw Enterprise are jointly charged with two ZETDC engineers, Leonard Chisina and Freeman Kuziva on allegations of fraud.

It is the state’s case that the accused defrauded the power utility of more than US$3,5 million in a botched deal to supply of smart meters and accessories.

Jere and his co-accused will back in court this Tuesday.

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