Frederick Mutanda
BornFrederick Charles Moses Mutanda
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
Known forBeing an Entrepreneur

Frederick Charles Moses Mutanda is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and a war veteran. He was also the late Dr Joshua Nkomo’s personal bodyguard.

Liberation War Contribution

During the liberation war he was part of the Zimbabwe African People's Union military wing Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA). After independence he served as the chairman of Zipra’s finance and projects committee. In 2011 he was part of the former Zipra combatants that wrote a letter to Perence Shiri complaining about the serious marginalisation of their members despite the signing of the Unity Accord in 1987.[1]

Bond Notes Application

On September 21 2016, Matanda's application for the imposition of bond notes to be declared unconstitutional was accepted by the High Court of Zimbabwe. In the application, he listed the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and its Governor Dr John Mangudya as first and second respondents. He also listed Stanbic Bank Limited and the Attorney General as third and fourth respondents respectively.

In November 2016, the High Court reserved judgment. Justice George Chiweshe said he wanted to go through submissions made by the parties. [2]

Luke Malaba Tenure Extension Challenge

On May 11 2021, Mutanda joined the Young Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe in suing the Judicial Service Commission, Luke Malaba and the Attorney General after President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the Chief Justice’s term by five years.

On 15 May 2021, the High Court ruled that a term limit extension cannot benefit an incumbent, and Malaba had therefore ceased to be Chief Justice and a judge when he reached the age of 70 on the same day.[3]

Farm Invasion

Mutanda's farm was invaded as punishment for his court application challenging the purported extension of Luke Malaba’s term as Chief Justice past the retirement age of 70. The youths claimed that Mutanda is anti-government.[3]

Scandal

CAPS Holdings Fraud

Mutanda and his alleged accomplice Justin Majaka faced charges of fraud involving more than US$26 million. They were being accused of illegally exporting Caps Pharmaceuticals intellectual property rights to Caps International Johannesburg. According to the State, sometime in August 2011, Mutanda instructed Majaka to apply to the Medicine Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), for a change of principal for 50 drug formulae (dossiers) from Caps Rallies, Harare to Caps International, Johannesburg. It is alleged in October 2011, MCAZ registered the 50 dossiers with Caps International South Africa as the new principal and owners, the effect of which ownership of the drug formulae shifted from Zimbabwe to South Africa.

The exportation of the drug formulae which are classified under intellectual property rights or patents had no approval of the Exchange Control Authority, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, it is alleged.


In 2003 Mutanda made a Constitutional Court application after arguing his constitutional right to a fair trial within in a reasonable time had been infringed upon. However, prosecutor Mr Michael Reza argued that the trial was delayed because Mutanda had made an application to the Supreme Court which was also dismissed. Magistrate Noel Mupeiwa dismissed the application on the basis that it was frivolous and vexatious.[4]

Evicting MDC Supporters From Farm

In July 2013, Mutanda evicted five families from their homes at his Winray Estates farm, out into the open space, because they are supporters of the MDC-T which at the time was led by the late Morgan Tsvangirai.

One of those evicted were Sebastian Mawara who at the time was an MDC-T aspiring councillor for Zvimba North in Ward 14.

In February 2011, Mutanda appeared in court for resisting a government order to vacate the very same farm. The farm had been allocated to Andrew Maringa, a former senior official in the President’s Office.[5]

References

  1. Zipra approaches Perence Shiri for help, The Standard, published: March 26, 2011, retrieved: September 22, 2016
  2. Zvamaida Murwira, Judgment reserved in bond note challenge, The Herald, Published: November 24, 2016, Retrieved: May 27, 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 TONY KAROMBO, Zanu PF youths on motorbikes invade Freddy Mutanda’s farm over Malaba, ZimLive, Published: May 27, 2021, Retrieved: May 27, 2021
  4. Innocent Ruwende, Mutanda’s application dismissed, Herald, published: August 5, 2013, retrieved: September 22, 2016
  5. Pictures: Prominent Zanu PF farmer evicts 5 families for supporting MDC-T, Nehanda Radio, Published: July 23, 2013, Retrieved: May 27, 2021