Court To Hold Inspection In Loco In Oscar Pambuka, Maziwisa Trial

Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) news anchor Oscar Pambuka and former Zanu-PF Highfield West National Assembly representative Psychology Maziwisa yesterday applied for an inspection in loco at the ZBC headquarters on September 18, to access tangible evidence supporting claims by ZBC bulletin manager Mr Moses Charedzera against them.

Charedzera told the court that the publicity work Maziwisa and Pambuka claimed to have done for ZPC was in fact, news stories carried out by ZBC in its bulletins. Charedzera said some of the advertorial work, which the pair claimed to have aired on behalf of ZPC before billing it, was non-existent. Maziwisa and Pambuka’s lawyer Jonathan Samkange requested the State to provide them with a disc of programmes screened by ZBC on the dates in question, which Maziwisa and Pambuka claim were done for the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC). However, Charedzera said the disc is privileged company information that can only be availed by a court order.

Pambuka and Maziwisa are accused of duping the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of over $12 000 after claiming to have done publicity work. Charedzera’s testimony is different from ZPC public relations executive Fadzai Chisveto, who told the court in former Energy minister Samuel Undenge’s case that they paid Maziwisa and Pambuka after being satisfied with the job they had done on ZBC programmes.

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