Ex-Army Boss Up For Extorting South African Investor

A former Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) boss, colonel Atwell Seremani Wednesday appeared in court extorting a South African investor of cash in a work permit deal.

Seremani who is jointly charged with Nation Machaya appeared before Harare Magistrate Dennis Mangosi who remanded them in custody awaiting bail ruling Thursday.

The state alleges that sometime in 2020, the complainant was tasked to apply for work permits by the directors of a foreign-owned company at the Department of Immigration for foreign employees.

The complainant made several follow-ups until they were told that the file was missing.

The complainant then received a phone call from Seremani who told him he was responsible for processing the work permits and should come through him if he wanted to acquire the papers.

Seremani allegedly invited the complainant to his home and told him that he should pay US$4 000 to process the work permits.

The complainant allegedly paid US$2 500 upfront intending to pay the balance on collection of the work permits but later suspected Seremani could have been responsible for the disappearance of the files at the immigration offices.

When Seremani phoned the complainant on 3 May and told him that the work permits were ready and that he should bring US$1 800 since he has taken long to collect them, the complainant told his superiors who advised him to report the police.

On May 4, a team of police officers set a trap but Seremani was not at his residence. Rather it was Machaya who came out and told the complainant that he had been sent by Seremani to collect the money and hand over the permits.

The complainant handed over the trap money in the presence of police officers.

Machaya was subsequently arrested by the police detectives who were in the vehicle disguised as the company employees. Seremani was arrested later upon arrival at his home.

More: Pindula News; NewZimbabwe

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