Harare – Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Sylvester Maunganidze has been implicated in illegal forex deals.
Maunganidze was accused of being an illegal forex dealer by one lawyer, Job Sikhala while he was testifying in court in a matter in which he was duped of $15 000.
He was testifying before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
Maunganidze told the court that sometime in May, he gave his employee, Simbarashe Muzambirwa his CBZ bank card after he had promised to get him cash amounting to $3 000 to pay his employees.
Maunganidze told the court that Muzambirwa said he could get the money by approaching shoppers using cash in N Richards, OK and Pick and Pay in Masvingo.
The court heard that after a few days, Maunganidze received a text notifications on his phone that $5 000 had been withdrawn from his account at around 2032 hours.
He also told the court that while he was in the process of enquiring why $5 000 had been withdrawn instead of $3 000, two other withdrawals of $5 000’s were made making it a total of $15 000.
When Maunganidze finally got hold of Muzambirwa he was told that his CBZ bank card had been stolen earlier that afternoon.
The court heard that Muzambirwa indicated that he was trying to pursue the criminals who had taken the card.
During cross examination, Sikhala asked Maunganidze if he was an illegal forex dealer buying cash from people for a fee.
Maunganidze denied these charges.
Sikhala made reference to Muzambira’s statement to the police where he indicated that Maunganidze used to send him to get money from shoppers and he would get an incentive for the services.
It was also put to Maunganidze that his employee had indicated that there was $95 000 in his CBZ bank account and he responded by saying he just knew there was money but not sure of the exact amount.
Prosecuting, Peter Kachirika told the court that on May 23, Tariro Duncan (30) who is being represented by Sikhala misrepresented to Muzambirwa that she and her other accomplices who are still at large had cash.
Duncan is facing charges of money laundering and fraud. The matter was remanded to November 2 for trial continuation.
It is the State’s case that they offered to give him cash as he would swipe for the goods they wanted to buy.
Muzambirwa allegedly gave her his CBZ bank card and the pin code and she in turn transferred $15 000 into her Steward Bank account.