27 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Botched Deal Costs Parly Us$13 000

Parliament has reportedly been swindled of more than US$13 800 in a botched uninterrupted power supply equipment deal.

Moses Mpofu (37) who is the director at Print Africa based in Avondale, Harare was not formally charged when he appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma.

Ms Tshuma remanded Mpofu to December 10 on US$100 bail.

Mpofu was ordered not to interfere with witnesses, surrender travel documents, report to the police and reside at the given address.

It is alleged that in December 2011, the Parliament of Zimbabwe intended to buy some uninterrupted power supply equipment.

A tender was floated asking companies to avail Parliament with quotations and prices of the equipment.

It is alleged Mpofu responded and supplied the prices and he indicated he would supply the systems on payment of US$19 000 as deposit.

On July 3 this year, US$12 100 was transferred into Mpofu's CBZ bank account, the court was told.

Afterwards, Mpofu supplied three units out of the 18 units required, it is alleged.

On September 21, US$7 700 was transferred into Mpofu's CBZ account so that he would deliver the outstanding units, it is alleged.

Mr Chakurira told the court that after the last payment, Mpofu became evasive and would ignore all telephone calls from Parliament.

On November 22, Mpofu was arrested after a plan was hatched to locate him through his wife, the court heard.

Of the US$13 800, nothing was recovered.

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