Ex Minister Matonga In Court Over Trillion Bearer Cheques Notes

The country’s 2008 bearer cheques which are being sold in the streets have land former cabinet minister in hot soup after he also tried his luck in the business of selling bearer cheques.

Former deputy minister of Information Bright Matonga appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko answering to fraud charges after he misrepresented the deal to a South African law firm.

Matonga was today dragged to court on fraud charges after he together with his ‘accomplice’ failed to deliver 3000 Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes to a South African firm.

Matonga and Onesmo Ndoro had received USD $10 000 when Ndoro walked away with the stash leaving the firms representatives duped.

The duo were however released on $300 bail each and the matter was remanded to June 27.

Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa is alleging that sometime in March, the complainant Kelvin Chipeta, a South African based Malawian national at a company called Kukaya Solutions got an order from a United States company to acquire demonetised Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes.

He went on to contact Matonga through WhatsApp inquiring whether he was able to supply him with 3 000 Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes.

Matonga in turn introduced Chipeta to Ndoro who confirmed that he was a licensed supplier of the said notes.

The trio agreed that Ndoro and Matonga would supply the notes in question at the payment of USD $10 000 in return.

Chipeta and his partner flew into the country with the money which they declared with the customs office of Zimbabwe.

The state is also saying that Matonga and Ndoro received the two at the RGM Airport before proceeding to local restaurant in the capital where they were to seal their deal.

Chipeta handed over the USD $10 000 to Matonga and Ndoro who counted it to ensure that the figures were delivered as per the agreement.

It further alleged that Ndoro excused himself with the bag of money on the pretext that he was going to collect the Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes while the other three remained  seated.

He however never showed up with the money prompting Chipeta and his partner to make a police report.