A ZANU-PF district chairman in Mhangura was jailed for defrauding several farm seekers in botched land deals.
According to the NewsDay, Harmony Mavesere (40) of Two Tree Farm in Mhangura, recently appeared before the courts facing fraud charges in a series of botched land deals.
Mavesere was facing two counts of fraud as defined in section 136 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Appearing before Magistrate Tapiwa Banda, Mavesere pleaded not guilty to the charges but was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment due to overwhelming evidence. Three months were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
Another three months were set aside on the condition that Mavesere refunds the complainants of $700 restitution before September 30 this year.
Complainants in the matter were Talent Nyamufanda and Sifelani Mazorodze.
The court heard that in the first count, on April 16, 2019, Mavesere promised Nyamufanda an A1 farm in the Singapore area in Banket farmland before demanding $2 050 as payment for the land.
Nyamufanda complied with the demands and paid $ 1 082 through mobile money transfer into his account and paid an additional US$100. After the payment Mavesere failed to fulfil the promise, prompting Nyamufanda to lodge a police report, leading to his arrest.
Using the same modus operandi, Mavesere received varying amounts of money from Mazorodze but did not make good his pledge to avail a farm to the complainant.
Review Nikisi prosecuted the case.