Zanu PF Chegutu West legislator, Dexter Nduna yesterday testified against controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo and his co-accused Genius Kadungure over an alleged US$65 000 botched business deal.
Allegations are that Kadungure and Chivayo opened Always on Pumps (Pvt) Ltd and an ABSA bank account which they used to swindle Nduna.
Nduna told the court that using Always on Pumps (Pvt) Ltd, Chivayo and Kadungure approached him looking for mining pumps.
He later made an order for 20 T-90 Transco-Flo Helical Rotor pumps to another fictitious company owned by Chivhayo and Kadungure named Trasco Civil Engineering and was said to be based in South Africa.
The court also heard that Nduna deposited money into an ABSA account and upon making a follow up with the bank he was told the money had been transferred to two untraceable accounts.
Another witness Enock Gatawa told the court that, Chivayo and Kadungure allegedly opened an email account purporting to be Marange Diamonds renting computing space at Hetzner (Pvt) Ltd in South Africa.
They contacted Gatawa, misrepresenting themselves as buyers at Marange Resources looking for mining pumps.
The pair reportedly gave the complainant an order to supply 10 T-90 Transco-Flo Helical Rotor pumps and referred him to Transco knowing that it was a fictitious company.
Gatawa was then sent to deposit R446 90 into the ABSA account and a further R300 000 later on the same day.
After transferring the money, Gatawa contacted Transco and was told to go back to Zimbabwe and wait for delivery which was supposed to arrive in three days.
However, instead of receiving pumps as quoted, Gatawa got a parcel with cell phone chargers.
Nduna told the court that Kadungure later called him, distancing himself for taking his money, but alleging that it was Chivhayo who took the money.
The trial will resume on 18 October 2018 for continuation.