HARARE – A warrant of arrest has been issued against popular radio personality Tichafa “Tich Mataz” Matambanadzo, accused of defrauding Star FM of $126 000.
Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo issued the warrant yesterday after the former programmes manager failed to turn up for his routine remand hearing together with his defence counsels Wellington Pasipanodya and Tinashe Tanyanyaiwa.
Matambanadzo allegedly swindled the radio station between June 25 last year and May this year.
The DJ allegedly misrepresented to Star FM’s clients that the station did not have the capacity to produce certain programmes.
He, however, indicated that he was an agent of Star FM through companies called Hamtec and Onesay Investments, the court heard.
He allegedly wrote letters on Star FM letterheads, purporting that the radio station had contracted the two companies to advertise on its behalf.
As a result of the misrepresentation, Constitutional Select Committee, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, European Union, American Embassy, Ster Kinekor and OK Zimbabwe approached Hamtec and Onesay and placed their adverts, which were later aired on Star FM.
Due to the misrepresentation, Star FM lost $104 032,80 in revenue.
It is alleged that Tich Mataz further prejudiced Star FM after he converted laptops and cell phones for personal use in a deal where the radio station had offered Goldtech and Cellone Electronics radio airtime, in exchange of the gadgets.
He allegedly prejudiced the radio station of $21 807.
Mataz is alleged to have organised another deal on behalf of Star FM, where eight designer suits, shirts and shoes were acquired from a company called Status-Quo in exchange of radio airtime worth $4 800.
The popular radio DJ allegedly converted radio airtime worth $1 106, 40 to personal use.
The radio station allegedly suffered $126 946, 65 in total.