Zacc entrapped me: Suspect tells court

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\n HARARE – Harare businessman, Malvern Chimutashu, who is accused of attempting to coerce a key witness in Higher Education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa’s alleged fraud case, yesterday claimed that Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) officials trapped him in a bid to nail him.

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\n Chimutashu, 33, appeared before magistrate Lizani Ncube.

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\n He was represented by Clemence Ngweshiwa, who claimed Zacc officials crafted an affidavit that entrapped his client.

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\n He was subsequently arrested for obstructing the course of justice and accused of interfering with Walter Chasara the star witness.

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\n Prosecutor Michael Reza argued that Chimutashu had made a partial plea of guilt by admitting that he was trapped.

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\n Ncube will determine whether the matter should be referred to the Constitutional Court on January 30.

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\n According to Reza, on July 27 last year, Chasara reported an alleged fraud case at Zacc against Gandawa.

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\n The court heard that Chasara then submitted a written statement implicating Gandawa as one of the accused persons.

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\n It was alleged that between July and September last year, Chimutashu met Chasara and persuaded him to withdraw the charges.

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\n The court heard that Chimutashu then crafted an affidavit purporting that Chasara had made a false report against Gandawa to Zacc.

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\n After compiling the alleged document, Chimutashu only left a space for Chasara to append his signature as acknowledgement of the drafted facts.

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\n The crafted affidavit was disassociating Chasara from being a star witness, indicating that he had been coerced to file a report at Zacc.

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\n It was alleged that Chasara had been promised an unspecified amount of money in the event he signed the document.

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\n However, on September 6, Chasara approached Zacc and reported that Chimutashu was coercing him to sign the alleged affidavit.

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\n The following day Chasara met with Chimutashu at Avondale Shopping Centre, under the guise that he would sign the document.

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\n As Chimutashu handed over the affidavit to Chasara, he was immediately arrested by ZRP officers in the company of Zacc officials.

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