harare-magistrates-court.03.09.10.jpgHarare Magistrate, Mr. Donald Ndirowei has deferred to tomorrow the ruling on the application for cancellation of warrant of arrest for former Central Intelligence Organisation Deputy Director, Lovemore Mukandi, who is facing charges of fraud.

 

Mukandi through his lawyer, Mr. Nickel Mushangwe, had argued that the warrant of arrest was not issued properly.

However, the State indicated that the warrant was given in terms of the law and urged the court to dismiss the application.

It is the State’s case that between 1996 and 1998, Mukandi connived with his workmates Rick Mubvumbi, former Chief Transport Officer, David Nyabando former Chief Administration Officer and a businessman, Mohamed Ahmed Meman and defrauded the CIO of millions of Zimbabwe dollars which were meant to build five low density houses for the organisation.

It is understood that Mukandi contracted Meman to construct the houses without going through tender.

It is further alleged that Meman subcontracted Mubvumbi’s company to do the project and Mubvumbi did not declare his interest to his superiors making it scandalous.

The four suspects are alleged to have misrepresented to the organisation about the money required to construct the houses and are believed to have bought properties and households for themselves and shared part of the money.

Mukandi has been on the run for more than a decade before he was deported by Canadian authorities.

He was arrested at the Harare International Airport soon after arrival.