By Peter Chivhima
PROCEEDINGS at Harare Magistrates Court briefly came to halt on Saturday after a suspected fraudster collapsed in court upon hearing his judgment.
Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services officials had a torrid time on Saturday resuscitating a suspected fraudster Jonathan Chirawo, 42, who fainted in court just seconds after the state remanded him in custody on allegations of fraud.
Chirawo who is believed to be a member of the African Apostolic Church failed to come to terms with the court’s decision after the state opposed his bail application in a case where he stands accused of defrauding a businessman Musorowegomo Mukosi of US$1 600 in a botched mining deal.
Allegations are that sometime in 2021, Chirawo misrepresented facts to Mukosi that he was a registered prospector with the Ministry of mining and mining Development and could assist Mukosi to register his 3 mining blocks.
It is alleged that Chirawo charged Mukosi US$300 for ascertaining vacant spaces of all the three blocks in Odzi District in Manicaland Province.
The court further heard that on 28 May 2021 Chirawo phoned Mukosi advising him that he had visited Odzi Blocks and there were three vacant blocks before he demanded US$1 500 as registration fee with the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.
The State alleged that Mukosi gave Chirawo the money who then phoned the businessman alerting him that he had made the payment.
As time went by Mukosi did not receive the certificate and this prompted him to enquire
from the Ministry of mines and mining Development where he was told no money had been paid on his behalf.
Meanwhile, Chirawo was remanded in custody to this Monday.