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A Harare magistrate has set June 24 as the trial date for suspended Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation chief executive Happison Muchechetere who is facing charges of swindling the broadcaster of $800 000 when he allegedly inflated the price of an Outside Broadcasting Van (OBV).Muchechetere (63), out of custody on $3 000 bail, appeared before magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe today and was remanded to June 24 for trial on fraud charges.

The complainant in the matter is ZBC, represented by its general manager and acting CEO Mr Allan Chiweshe.

The court heard that ZBC is obliged to procure goods and services in line with the Procurement Act (Chapter 22:14).

Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira alleged that on January 18 last year, Muchechetere — without going to tender — entered into a procurement deal with a Chinese company to purchase an audio OB van for US$1 050 000.

On April 23 last year, Muchechetere allegedly misrepresented to ZBC’s executive committee that US$495 000 donated by BancABC was enough to purchase an audio van, a cargo van and a crew bus and the committee approved the purchase of the items using the said money.

The State alleged that Muchechetere did not disclose to the committee that he had already entered a deal for only one item, the OB van.

It is the State’s case that Muchechetere flew to China and signed an agreement concerning inspection of the van, which was never carried out by other members of the executive committee.

The OB van was delivered in August of the same year after BancABC released US$100 000 to the Chinese company. The alleged crime was discovered after Muchechetere’s suspension in November last year when it was established that the OB van had a market value of US$350 000, contrary to the US$1 050 000 he had stated.

Source : The Herald