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HARARE businessman and socialite Genius Kadungure, in court for fraud, will remain in jail after his bail bid was overturned by the state prosecutor using the much condemned section 121 of the criminal law.

Kadungure, who is famed for lavish partying and a flashy lifestyle, has been in remand prison since last Thursday after police nabbed him for allegedly defrauding a top Zanu PF politician of about US$96,000.

Harare magistrate Milton Serima had granted Kadungure $1,500 bail but prosecutor, Micheal Reza invoked section 121(a) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, a law which overturns the magistrate’s decision at least for a week.

Represented by Jonathan Samkange, the business tycoon queried on whose instruction Reza had reached that decision considering the expanded liberty given by the new constitution.

“My learned friend did not note that we have a new constitution and his pronouncement is based on provisions of the old constitution. “If it was playing a record he could be playing LPs while we are now playing CDs,” submitted Samkange.

According to the State, Kadungure swindled Zanu PF MP for Chegutu West Dexter Nduna, who is the managing director of Badon Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, and a Kadoma-based miner only identified as Gatawa of R1,581 890 (about US$96,000).

It is alleged that sometime in November 2012, Kadungure, in connivance with unknown accomplices, created a fictitious company named Transco Civil Engineering purportedly based in South Africa and opened an ABSA account for the company.

He allegedly created an e-mail account procurement@marangediamonds.com, pretending to be a legitimate representative of Marange Resources.

It is alleged that he then contacted the complainants over the phone and misrepresented himself as the chief buyer for Marange Resources looking for mining pumps at competitive prices.

The complainants became interested and he referred them to his bogus company, Transco Civil Engineering, in South Africa on the pretext it was a recommended supplier for the pumps.

On December 4, Gatawa sent his brother Enock to South Africa to purchase the pumps. He was ordered to deposit R1,046 890 for the purchase of 10 flight pumps in an ABSA bank account.

After the transfers, Enock was told by Transco Civil Engineering “officials” to go back to Zimbabwe and check for his parcel with DHL in three days’ time.

On December 12, Gatawa went to DHL’s Harare airport branch to collect the pumps and was shocked to receive a parcel of cell-phone chargers. That is when he realised that he had been duped, the court heard.

Source : New Zimbabwe