HARARE – A Harare magistrate has thrown away a case in which Max Sports (Pvt) Ltd, a sportswear company claimed to have been defrauded $78 500 by Pakistan businessman in an alleged sports equipment deal.
Magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta ruled that the State had failed to prove a prima facie case against Majid Khan, 35 who was being charged with fraud.
Sabarauta said the evidence presented before her court was not reliable for a reasonable court to sustain a conviction based on it since no nexus had been established between Khan and the alleged offence.
The complainant in the matter was the director of Max Sports (Pvt) Ltd situated in Harare.
It was being alleged that sometime in March 2015, the complainant and Khan registered a sportswear company called Max Sports (Pvt) Ltd, where the complainant would own 51% and Khan 49%.
The court heard that during the process, the complainant injected $78 500 into the business, while Khan was supposed to have injected $38 465 as his capital contribution.
It was alleged that the complainant then gave his contribution to Khan to purchase sportswear material in Pakistan and the merchandise was supposed to be delivered in Zimbabwe within two months.
However, Khan was alleged to have failed to deliver the goods within the agreed period, prompting the complainant to make a follow-up, but Khan demanded a top-up of $53 000 to enable him to ship the goods and was given the full amount.
On August 8, 2015, Khan delivered goods worth $11 968 instead of $131 500 and failed to account for the outstanding balance of $119 532, resulting in the complainant making a police report leading to his arrest.
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old Pakistan business man and director of Ihsan Sports continued with his association with the local game as he unveiled a kit sponsorship for the World Cup-bound Zimbabwe U19 cricket team that left for New Zealand on Tuesday night.
The local youngsters will have close to a month to acclimatise with the New Zealand conditions before the ICC Under 19 World Cup rolls to life on January 13.
Khan handed over the kit to Zimbabwe Cricket head cricket affairs Givemore Makoni in the capital yesterday.
“This is the right time that we thought we should jump in because they are going to the World Cup we are giving them a full kit for the selected five underprivileged players comprising two professional level bats, two pairs of batting gloves, arm guards, thigh guards, two kit bags, one travelling kit bag,” Khan told the Daily News yesterday.
In accepting the donation Makoni said the sponsorship will go a long way in boosting the confidence of the selected five which will help the team and the nation at large.
“Ihsan has been with Zimbabwe Cricket over the past 15 years or so, they have sponsored individual players, they have sponsored the team in terms of clothing…equipment and now this sponsorship for the U19 is something they have done over the years and we are really grateful for them to identify five underprivileged boys and sponsor them with equipment,” Makoni said.
“For our boys to do well they need good equipment obviously at the biggest stage and Ihsan has got some top of the range equipment and I think they will add value to our boys performing at the world cup.”