A Harare man, Sean Chiriseri (33), who allegedly defrauded a local investor of US$53 000 and implicated President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s son, Collins, has been granted $10 000 bail by a magistrate.
Chiriseri appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi, who ordered him to report twice every week at Marlborough Police Station and not to interfere with witnesses.
Allegations are that Chiriseri approached Tawanda Hairwadzi, the director for Ephtha Energy International, in May this year with a proposal to embark on a joint venture in the fuel industry.
Under the terms of the agreement, Chiriseri would provide the site and Hairwadzi would fund fuel procurement.
The duo needed to come up with start-up fees for the site to be compliant with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA).
Chiriseri allegedly misrepresented to Hairwadzi that he had money in his Nostro account, but needed cash for certain transactions.
Hairwadzi then gave him US$53 490 on the understanding that Chiriseri would transfer a similar amount to his Nostro account.
However, it later turned out that Chiriseri’s proof of transfer was fraudulent, and he allegedly started threatening Hairwadzi that he was doing Collins’ biding.
Hairwadzi reported the matter to the police, leading to Chiriseri’s arrest.