Fresh fraud charges against Mabamba

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© FORMER Chitungwiza councillor Fredrick Mabamba was arraigned before the courts yesterday on fraud charges involving botched residential stands deals.
He appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa and was remanded to today for bail determination.
The complainants are Hawa Matuta, 50, Winnie Kadzibonde, 39, and Eleanor Takundwa, 50, of Unit A, Chitungwiza.
Mabamba is the chairperson of United We Stand Multi-Purpose Cooperative and on April 30, 2013, Matuta approached him intending to acquire a residential stand.
The court heard Mabamba lied to Matuta that he owned residential stands in Chitungwiza and was selling them for US$4 300.
He allegedly knew that he was not the legitimate owner of the land but received US$4 300 payments from Matuta towards the residential stand and issued her receipts.
Matuta was allocated stand number 4, Unit A, Seke, Chitungwiza.
On May 7, Kadzibonde also approached Mabamba and was told that his cooperative still had residential stands for sale in Unit A, Seke, Chitungwiza.
She expressed her interest in purchasing the stand and was told to pay US$5 500 and she made instalments of US$4 000, US$1 000 and US$500 before being allocated stand number 10, Unit A, Seke, Chitungwiza.
Kadzibonde was allegedly defrauded in the same fashion and had paid US$4 500 before being allocated stand number 18, Unit A, Seke, Chitungwiza.
The State alleged that Mabamba would misrepresent that he was the actual owner of the land knowing that he did not have any rights over it.
He was subsequently arrested.
Mabamba is entangled in a series of lawsuits and criminal cases over illegal allocation and sale of land in Chitungwiza since his days as councillor.
He recently challenged his indictment over fraud involving $4 million worth of council land in the High Court.
Mabamba is accused of taking Chitungwiza Municipality’s land measuring 56 519 square metres valued at $4 843 920 which he sold to desperate home seekers, thereby depriving the municipality of its ownership and control.

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