Zimbabwe: Radio Presenter and Partners Duped of US$69,000

POPULAR radio presenter, Thabani Gambiza, is among those who have been tricked by scammers into claiming they can secure funds for various NGOs, a court in Harare heard over the weekend.

The alleged crooks, Gilbert Noel Kanokanga and Vernon Eugene Mitchell, appeared before Harare Magistrate, Yeukai Dzuda, who remanded them in custody.

The plaintiffs are Gambiza, Joice Jacob, Lorraine Mugayi, Thandiwe Chikwape, Felix Zhakata and Lovemore Chidziva.

The complainants are the founders of various non-governmental organizations.

The court heard that Gambiza had been introduced to Kanokanga by her work colleague, Lionel Mkandla, and she was told he could facilitate funding for her NGO.

She was introduced to Mitchell by Kanokanga and the duo would interview the complainants, from time to time.

Gambiza reportedly paid US$750 to process his team’s visas, for a trip to France, which never materialized.

She also held several meetings with the duo, regarding the authorization and registration of her organization, and was asked to pay more money.

The duo reportedly began to mislead other NGOs that Gambiza had already received its funding.

The duo collected approximately US$69,241 from the plaintiffs.

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