Farmer loses 73 000 metric tonnes of maize to fraudster

By Fungai Jachi

A MHANGURA farmer allegedly lost more than 70 000 metric tonnes of maize worth over US$24 000 to a suspected fraudster.

Twenty-eight-year old Clever Shingirirai Kazuva, who is facing charges of fraud, was remanded in custody after he appeared in court for allegedly duping the Mhangura farmer of 73 120 metric tonnes of maize.

The State alleges that Kazuva misrepresented to the complainant that he was in a position to market and sell the product at a good price.

The court heard that Kazuva sold the maize to a local milling company but did not declare the proceeds to the complainant.

It is alleged that he became evasive which led the complainant to report the matter to the police.

He is expected back in court this Friday.

Meanwhile, 38-year-old Mutero Honoured Vhurumu, who is also facing charges of fraud after he allegedly swindled an unsuspecting man of US$12 000 in a botched car deal, has appeared in court.

It is alleged that Vhurumu failed to provide the car which was already paid for by the complainant.

He was granted ZWL$40 000 bail.

Still at the courts, Obvious Fungulani, aged 25 allegedly stole herbicide chemicals worth more than ZWL$1 million from a local seed company.

He was remanded in custody to this Friday for bail application.

In another matter, former Dynamos legend Stanley Chirambadare’s trial for aggravated indecent assault charges has been deferred to the 15th of February due to the absence of the presiding magistrate.