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Zimbabwean man assaults and dupes UK-based lover US$88K

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Zimbabwean man assaults and dupes UK-based lover US$88K. The court heard last Friday that Kaunda sent the money after Tapfumaneyi misrepresented that he was investing the money in businesses.

A Zimbabwean man, Joseph Tapfumaneyi, has appeared before the courts for duping his United Kingdom-based lover, Caroline Davida Kaunda, of US$88 000 and assaulting her when she asked about the money.

Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti opposed his bail application arguing that Musika was a flight risk adding that the amount involved was an incentive for him to abscond court. Mutsokoti said: Penalty provision might also be an inducement for him to flee.

We have four witnesses who will testify against the accused in the first count and another witness in count two. We have a strong case against the accused. He has contacts in Dubai who would fund him to finance a life on the run from law enforcement.

We are aware he has a valid passport that he regularly uses to travel out of Zimbabwe to conduct business. He has financial and economic interest outside the country which will allow him to fund a life on the run.

Mutsokoti added that Musika also showed that he can interfere with investigations after locking up Kaunda in a lodge for seven days to avoid people from seeing that he had assaulted her.

Musika argued through his lawyers that he was to attend trial if granted bail adding that he was not a flight risk. He said he is a family man running a flourishing business and can surrender his passport.

He denied having ties outside the country. Musika’s lawyers argued: We were not made aware of any witnesses and there are no risks of the accused interfering with witnesses.

No report has been made since 2017 and it was only made yesterday. Accused went to the police station seeking sanctuary from the complainant who had hired goons to assault the accused.

Musika said no money was deposited into his account and the money was sent to him as lovers, not for investment, therefore, the charges were trumped up to humiliate him.

He said the monies were far much less and only for his upkeep. The state had alleged that in 2017,

  • Musika asked Kaunda to send US$5 000 for company registration but he did not register the company. 
  • Musika asked for US$40 000 for the purchase of mining equipment.
  • Kaunda also sent an additional US$20 000 for travelling and other expenses. 
  • Musika lost his grandmother and asked Kaunda to send him money for the funeral and she sent US$15 000, the funeral was State assisted. 

In October 2019, Musika allegedly asked for an undisclosed amount of money to consult a traditional healer over the poor performance of the business and his personal life and Kaunda sent the money.

Source – Pindula News

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