On Friday, former Big Brother contestant Wendall Parson dragged his mother Gillian Theresa Jackson (58), brother William Lorenzo (32) and business partner Vinyu Tsoka (40) to court accusing them of operating a mine and selling gold worth $160 000 behind his back. The trio appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sande facing fraud charges.
The court heard that William and Tsoka were directors and minority shareholders of Wensto Milling (Pvt) Ltd with 10 and 30 percent respectively. Parson’s mother Jackson was a director and non-shareholder of the company. Tsoka allegedly resigned from the company on August 21 this year and gave his shares to William. The trio allegedly prepared an affidavit purporting that the company’s shareholding structure had changed and went to the Ministry of Mines where they lied that Parson was a non-executive director who was not involved in the running of the business.
The ministry granted permission to operate and they allegedly managed to sell gold worth $160 000 to Fidelity Printers and Refineries.