Deputy Minister Matemadanda Swindled By “High Court Judge”
Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans Victor Matemadanda was swindled of his money by a serial con-man who masqueraded as a High Court judge.
Newsday reports that Tinashe Munhuweyi (36), of Mufakose, got Matemadanda’s phone number and called him pretending to be former Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Mafios Cheda.
The con-artist told Matamedanda that he had two trucks which had run out of fuel at Chirundu Border Post and requested a loan of $600 to refuel the trucks and pay for other expenses.
An unsuspecting Matemadanda did not carry out any due diligence of his own and transferred the money via Ecocash. After the transfer went through, Munhuweyi started avoiding the Minister’s calls. After failing to get a satisfactory answer on when his loan would be repaid, Matemadanda became suspicious and conducted his own investigations.
After realizing that he had been swindled he filed a police report which resulted in the arrest of Munhuweyi.
Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Chigodora remanded Munhuweyi in custody to the 25th of February for trial. He is alleged to have used the same trick to swindle among other people,
Bubi legislator Richard Moyo (Zanu PF)
Great Zimbabwe University professor Ben Siyakwazi
Former High Court judge Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe’s son, Naboth
Amounts range from $400 – $7263
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