Bright Matonga, former deputy minister of Information and his accomplice Onesimo Ndoro has appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko for fraud.
The state alleges that a South African law firm which had paid USD $10 000 to the accused to get 3000 Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes. Matonga and Ndoro, however, failed to honor their part of the deal.
Representing the state, Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that 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.
Chipeta engaged Matonga and inquired if he was able to supply the needed money. Matonga then introduced Chipeta to Ndoro who confirmed that he was a licensed supplier of the said notes.
After the trio agreed that Ndoro and Matonga would supply the notes in question, Chipeta paid the USD $10 000 to Ndoro and Matonga.
The state also alleges that after Ndoro had collected the money from Chipeta, he left the scene with the money arguing that he was going to collect the Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes. Ndoro however never returned with the money prompting Chipeta and his partner to make a police report.
The accused were however released on $300 bail each and the matter was remanded to June 27.