Acting Prosecutor-General Accused Of Destroying Fraud Case Docket
Acting Prosecutor-General Nelson Mutsonziwa has been accused of destroying a docket in a fraud case involving his “close links”.
Local businessman Chemist Siziba had reported fellow businessman Craig John William Danckwerts for alleged fraud involving the sale of a 300-hectare piece of land.
Siziba alleged that he bought Danckwerts’ two firms trading as Nyland Enterprises and Great-Insight Investments in 1998 but Danckwerts went behind his back and filed new documents at the Registrar of Companies offices between February 2011 and May 2012 purporting to be still the owner of the land.
Last week, Siziva gave Mutsonziwa an ultimatum to avail the docket that has been missing since 2014.
Siziba also wrote to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), the President’s Office, and the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda complaining about Mutsonziwa’s conduct.
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NewZimbabwe reports that a new docket was quickly prepared and brought before the Harare Magistrates’ Court for prosecution last Wednesday, but it was turned back.
Sources told NewsDay that the docket had a 2021 CR number, while the original docket was opened in 2014.
This week, Siziba wrote another letter to Mutsonziwa requesting the missing documentary evidence from the docket. Siziba wrote:
I am the complainant in the matter of State versus Danckwerts. I have previously written to you on May 26, and June 2, 2022 and you have not responded to any of my letters.
It has come to my attention that your office transmitted the above docket to Rotten Row Magistrates Court for prosecution after having previously declined to prosecute it. I am also aware that crucial evidence against the accused is missing from the docket so transmitted.
I am advised that the docket strangely found its way directly to your office outside the usual procedure, which is that it ought to have been brought to your officers stationed at Harare Magistrates (Criminal) Courts for the usual/ordinary processes.
He also said proof of payment of $11 million to ZimBank, Atherstone and Cook Legal Practitioners and the agents was also missing, adding that there were various attempts to stop him from proceeding with the case.
Mutsonziwa was the Deputy Public Prosecutor during the reign of former PG Johannes Tomana when he allegedly requested the docket in 2014.