Former Star FM programmes manager Tichafa Augustine Matambanadzo yesterday appeared in court with two others on a fraud matter in which he is accused of swindling US$5 000 from a Harare businessman.
Edith Chinyangare (39), Matambanadzo (45) and Kennedy Zimondi (58) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elijah Makomo facing fraud charges.
Chinyangare who absconded in 2012, was arrested recently and her bail revoked.
However, the matter failed to proceed to trial yesterday after the complainant Mr Jimmy Mukurumbandi did not turn up and was issued with a warrant of arrest.
The matter was remanded to February 25 for trial. Prosecutor Ms George Manokore alleges that on March 27 2011 Matambanadzo, Chinyangare and Zimondi connived to defraud Mukurumbandi of money.
Pursuant to their plan, it is alleged the trio misrepresented to him that they were organising a trip to Geneva in Switzerland on Government business.
It is alleged that the arrangement was that Mukurumbandi would proceed with them and stand in for Zimondi whom they all agreed was under sanctions.
The three allegedly requested the complainant to pay US$5 000 for the trip as it was self-sponsored and would be refunded upon return.
Mukurumbandi agreed to the arrangement with the trio knowing fully well that there was no such trip, the court heard.
Sometime in April, Matambanadzo and Chinyangare reportedly went to Onesky Travel Agency, where they made a booking for tickets, which they did not pay for.
In a bid to convince Mukurumbandi that all was well, they all went on to show him a travel itinerary document, which turned out to be a mere quotation made for the Geneva trip, it is alleged. as time went by, the trip never materialised.
As a result of the alleged misrepresentation by Matambanadzo and company, Mukurumbandi suffered a prejudice of US$5 000 and nothing was recovered.