Choppies chief executive officer Mr Ramachandran Ottapathu has withdrawn fraud and extortion charges levelled against former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s son, Siqokoqela and his wife Nomagugu.
The Mphoko’s were accused of “looting” more than $80 000 worth of cash and goods. Siqokoqela, who was a shareholder in the retail business and a non-executive director, was alleged to have abused his power to “loot” $50 000 in cash realised from sales at different supermarkets and replacing it with transfers. Nomagugu allegedly went to various Choppies outlets in Bulawayo demanding cash. She allegedly ordered 15 Choppies Supermarket managers in Bulawayo to unlawfully dispense more than $30 000 cash from their POS machines after threatening them with either deportation or dismissal. Ramadandran said Choppies no longer wish to pursue their criminal complaint. Said Gutu:
I represent all the complainants in the matter of State versus Nomagugu Mphoko under CRB Byo 2431/18 and Siqokoqela Mphoko under CRB Byo 2567/18. After some representation and discussions between the complainants and accused persons, the complainants no longer wish to pursue their criminal complaints against the accused persons, and as such, a resolution to withdraw the pending criminal charges has been made. I confirm that this resolution has been made with full appreciation of the consequences thereof and there has not been any undue influence on the complainants
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Siqokoqela Mphoko is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur, non-executive director of Choppies Zimbabwe and son to Phelekezela Mphoko. In December of 2018, his bail conditions were revoked after he breached his bail conditions by interfering with state witnesses. Siqokoqela was facing 170 counts of fraud. Read More About Siqokoqela Mphoko
Phelekezela Mphoko was the vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and former secretary of the Zanu-PF party. Mphoko was appointed to this position by Robert Mugabe on 10 December 2014. The other vice president appointed at the same time as him is Emmerson Mnangagwa.... Read More About Phelekezela Mphoko