Here’s a timeline of the alleged fraud crime committed by Justice Mayor Wadyajena and his colleagues at Cottco. The timeline is from the court documents currently available.
Wadyajena and his colleagues were arrested this week and appeared in court on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
🔵 Early 2019:
Wadyajena and his co-accused hatched a plan to defraud Cottco through faking the purchase of goods cotton bale ties for Cottco.
They open a shelf company called Pierpont Moncroix. This name is the same as that of a legitimate Mauritius company not related to the Wadyajena and and his colleagues, and this was done mislead Cottco.
Cottco acting procurement manager Fortunate Molai recommends the shelf company as the best supplier for 3 million High Carbon Bale Ties valued at US$2,6 million.
🔵 March 14 2019:
Cottco Managing director Pius Manamike and Head of Marketing, Maxmore Njanji approve a Purchase Order in favour of Pierpont Moncroix Mauritius valued at US$2 528 000 purporting that Pierpont Moncroix Mauritius was going to supply 3 200 000 bale ties to Cottco.
🔵 Mid 2019:
After receiving the payment, Wadyajena and his colleagues use the money to start the importation of trucks from a USA company called Giant Equipment.
Over time a total of 25 trucks are imported. The trucks are registered under the company Mayor Logistics.
🔵 November 2019:
Manamike and Njanji issue a second purchase order on behalf of Cottco valued at US$1 106 000 for the purchase of the bale ties from Pierpont Moncroix. The order was approved even though the first order had not been delivered.
No bales were also delivered as the money was allegedly transferred to Afrozurich International in a currency swap deal.
🔵 November 2021:
Molai sends an email to the Cottco’s treasurer in which she requests the company to pay a deposit of US$2 500 000 for the purchase of other bales from Energy Park Company.
🔵 23 November 2021:
US$363 900 (part of the transfer to CBZ Energy Park Account of US$750 000) is later transferred to Maropafadzo Energy (Pvt) Ltd Ecobank account.
Investigations reveal that payments to Maropafadzo Energy being part of the order for bale ties were further transferred into various accounts of individuals and corporates both local and international for procurement of services which have nothing to do with the purpose for which the funds were transferred at Cottco.
🔵 24 November 2021:
US$421 000 is transferred to Energy Park Bulk Fuels (Pvt) Ltd.
Investigations later reveal that Energy Park in the fuel business and sells fuel in bulk and direct to retailers. It is not in the bale ties business.
🔵 8 & 14 March 2022:
Two further transfers of US$450 000 and US$1 000 000 are made to Maropafadzo Energy from Cottco’s CABS Account.
🔵 July 2022:
Police officers raid a warehouse at Gokwe Nembudziya shopping centre and recover COTTCO farming inputs stockpiled there. The inputs, which included seeds, sprays and fertilisers, filled three trucks. Police also recovered bicycles and motor cycles. Reports say Wadyajena used his parliamentary portfolio chairmanship and proximity to the Cottco executives Manamike and Njanji to loot inputs, sprays, bicycles, motorcycles for his campaigns.
🔵 16 August 2022:
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission announces that it has arrested Wadyajena and his colleagues on 5 million corruption charges.
Wadyajena and his co-accused were sent to Remand prison awaiting bail hearing finalisation this Thursday.
Mayor Wadyajena is the current Zanu-PF Member of Parliament for Gokwe-Nembudziya. He however stays in the luxurious Borrowdale Brooke suburb in Harare.