JR Goddard Contracting Pvt Ltd has been reportedly ordered to withdraw a criminal abuse of office report he had made against four members of the National Assembly.
The State alleges that Mr James Ross Goddard reported a criminal case against Temba Mliswa, Anele Ndebele, Prince Sibanda and Leonard Chikomba to police after Chikomba and Sibanda reportedly demanded a US$400 000 bribe to facilitate the awarding of a mining contract with Hwange Colliery Pvt Ltd.
Nehanda Radio reports that there are allegations suggesting that Kwekwe businessman, Shepherd Tundiya forced Goddard to withdraw the charges against the legislators.
Tundiya who is the director of Avim Investments (Pvt) Ltd is said to have told Goddard to withdraw his charges by the 29th of January.
The State alleges that Tundiya argued to Goddard that he had to withdraw his case as it would be an embarrassment to the governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr John Mangudya.
Mangudya is said to have met Goddard to discuss his company’s application for R52 million external payments for the purchase of heavy mining equipment in South Africa. For Tundiya, the police report would embarrass Mangudya who was already seized with the matter.
Goddard then reported the matter to the police as he felt that Tundiya was now interfering with the case.
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