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MAVERICK businessman, Genius Kadungure, on trial for fraud involving $150,000 in a botched deal with a Zanu PF lawmaker, was on Wednesday granted his wish to have his passport released.

Kadungure’s passport had been seized by the State as part of stringent bail conditions but this week he sought a relaxation of the conditions to allow him to travel outside the country.

As part of the bail conditions variation Kadungure also had his reporting conditions relaxed by magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

The businessman, who is represented by Tafadzwa Hungwe of Venturas and Samukange legal practitioners, stands accused of defrauding Zanu PF legislator Chegutu West, Dexter Nduna, of R1.5 million a mining deal that went pear-shaped.

Hungwe begged Mahwe to release Kadungure’s passport as well as suspend his reporting conditions with the police saying, “Your worship, my client intends to travel outside the country on August 1, for business.

“We seek the temporary release of his passport and also a brief alteration to his reporting conditions.”

The magistrate granted the provisional reprieve to Kadungure saying, “The temporary release of the accused person’s passport has been granted and the reporting condition has been suspended.

“He is ordered to return the passport with the clerk of court on August 26.”

Kadungure was granted bail in May with stringent reporting conditions in which he was supposed to report to police fraud squad daily.

High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu ordered Kadungure to deposit bail of $1,500, surrender title deeds of his Glen Lorne property, on top of the reporting conditions and his passport.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira has told the court that Kadungure conned Nduna, who is the managing director of Badon Enterprises, and a Kadoma-based partner only identified as Gatawa of R1 581 890.

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

The state claims that Kadungure created an e-mail account pretending to be a legitimate representative of Manicaland-based diamond miner Marange Resources.

Kadungure is alleged to have contacted the complainants over the phone and pretended to be Marange Resources’ chief buyer looking for mining pumps at competitive prices.

Nduna and his partner are said to have become interested and were referred to Transco Civil Engineering in South Africa on the pretext it was a recommended supplier for the pumps.

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

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

When he tried on December 4 as appointed to collect the consignment of pumps he was shocked to discover that a bunch of mobile phone chargers had been sent instead.

Kadungure is due back in court on August 27.

Source : New Zimbabwe