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Grace Mugabe implicated in illegal money graft

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    Grace Mugabe implicated in illegal money graft[​IMG]

    Harare(ZimEye)-President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has been implicated in illegal foreign currency dealings in 2007, and a truck fraud case with a South African Haulage Company by the name of Fast Truck Haulage, a case which led to the arrest of four South African nationals at the weekend.
    [​IMG] Grace Mugabe |EPA/KHALED EL-FIQI|

    Grace Mugabe’s name cropped up when three of the disputed trucks were on the 19th February dumped at her Mazoe Orphanage home. According to the state outline in 2007 Olga Bugu who in her affidavit said was at that time not employed, transferred from RBZ US$1million to South African based business man Ping Sung HSIEH’s Chantria Trading Account at Standard charted bank south Africa after the two greed that six IVECO haulage trucks were to be delivered at number 67 Chancellor Road under the facilitation a Zimbabwe based Mr. Stanley Nhare who is a co-Director of the company with Ping Sung of South Africa.
    The six vehicles were supposed to be delivered to number 67 Chancellor Road Harare. There are only two premises situated at in Chancellor Road, and they are all part of the state house. Chancellor road begins at corner Josiah Tongogara and Seventh Street and ends at number 1 Borrowdale road. The only building between the two roads is the state house.

    The state alleges that the fraud case against Ping arose after he failed to deliver the consignment in 2008 and dumped three of the six trucks at Grace Mugabe’s Orphanage home on 19th February.

    “The four Cassim Jee Bilal (28), Henry Radebe(57), Samuel Risimati Baloyi and Sydney Masitho Sekgobela(40) drove from South Africa three Iveco trucks with trailers, registered in South Africa under the Fast Track Haulage Company with a temporary import expiry date of 4 March and left them at Grace Mugabe’s orphanage home in Mazoe on 19 February to security guard Givemore Matambwa making him also to sign a document acknowledging the receipt of the trucks on behalf of Stanley Nare,” read the court case outline.
    It is the state’s case that the four drivers were arrested the very day after the guard alerted Nhare who refused the trucks because they were not enough.
    Representing the four, prominent Lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa argued that they were not linked to the fraud saying they were mere hired drivers. She also challenged the state to provide evidence of the origins of the $1million which was transferred from RBZ for the purchase of the six haulage trucks.
    “We want the state to give us the evidence where the money transferred from the RBZ in 2007 came from given that this was the time when the illegal money burning was rife in the country. We know that at this time people were prosecuted for burning money, “she challenged.
    The state represented by a senior law officer in the Attorney General’s Office,
    Chris Mtangadura said by delivering the vehicles the four connived with Mr. Ping to defraud Omega Bungu and should be denied bail and convicted together the with Mr. Ping who has since been indicted by the South African government with his hearing being scheduled for the 4th of March.

    “The four should be denied bail and answer road charges because they acted in common purpose with Mr. Ping. They were aware that the trucks they drove from South Africa had temporary import permits which expire 4 March and deceived the complainant. To further
    incriminate themselves they are the ones who processed these temporary import permits yet they knew they were going to dump the trucks in Zimbabwe, “said Mtangadura.

    Harare Provincial magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe who was presiding over the case remanded the four in custody to 2 March pending trial of the case on the 14th March.
    “Given the fact that the four processed the temporary import permits, it convinced me that they acted in common purpose with the principal accused who is Mr. Ping. Other factors to consider are that the four are foreign nationals. If granted bail chance of them skipping to their South African boarder are high, “ruled Guvamombe. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)