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Harare businessman Genius Kadungure, who is accused of swindling two businessmen of more than R1,5 million, had his bail conditions temporarily eased by a Harare magistrate yesterday. Through his lawyer, Mr Tafadzwa Hungwe, Kadungure made an application for relaxation of reporting conditions and for the release of his passport.

Kadungure is accused of swindling Zanu-PF MP for Chegutu West Cde 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.

He appeared before Mr Tendai Mahwe, who granted him the application with the consent from the Prosecutor-General’s Office.

Kadungure told the court that he intended to travel out of the country on business from August 1 to 25.

Mr Hungwe said: “Your Worship, the accused is praying that his bail conditions be altered temporarily,” he said. “The conditions prayed for are reporting conditions and the release of his passport since he intends to travel on business from 1 to 25 August.

“Indications are that the investigating officer was conducting extra-territorial investigations, but he has since returned.”

Miss Mashavira did not oppose the application.

Mr Mahwe remanded Kadungure to August 27.

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 account for it with ABSA.

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

He then misrepresented himself as the chief buyer for Marange Resources looking for mining pumps at competitive prices.

On December 4, Gatawa sent his brother, Enock, to South Africa to buy the pumps.

He paid R1 046 890 and was told by Transco Civil Engineering “officials” to go back to Zimbabwe and check for his parcel with DHL in three days’ time.

He was shocked to receive a parcel of cellphone chargers at which point he realised that he had been duped, the court heard.

Cde Nduna was also duped by Kadungure via the same trick.

Meanwhile, a Chinese businessman found in possession of four firearms and more than 33 000 rounds of ammunition was granted US$2 000 bail on Monday.

Woncai Huo (51) is facing charges of contravening various sections of the Firearms Act, the Gold Trade Act and the Parks and Wildlife Act.

As part of his bail conditions, magistrate Mr Donald Ndirowei ordered Woncai to provide surety in the sum of US$100 000 before his release.

He was ordered to surrender his passport with the clerk of court, to report twice a week at CID and not to interfere with investigations.

Mr Ndirowei ruled that Woncai could not be denied bail simply because he was a foreigner.

“The fact that he is a foreigner should not take away his privilege to liberty, he said. That should not be used to deny him bail. It is not part of our law to deny foreigners bail.”

Mr Ndirowei said Woncai was a proper candidate for bail since he was in the country legally.

He said fears that he could abscond would be neutralised by the stringent bail conditions.

Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira had opposed bail saying Woncai was a flight risk.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Zvidzai Mutuma said the amount of ammunition found in Woncai’s possession was a threat to State security.

He said they had communicated with the international police (Interpol) to establish his criminal record.

“Your Worship, the amount of ammunition the accused was found in possession of is a cause for concern and if left unchecked very soon we will find a Boko Haram operating in the country,” he said.

Woncai’s lawyer, Aocate Deepak Mehta, submitted that his client was a proper candidate for bail considering that he has been in the country legally for 14 years.

He said Woncai was a licensed gold miner and his possession of the ammunition was lawful.

Source : The Herald