A State witness who gave incriminating evidence in the trial of a former district intelligence officer Mbereki Mbizo Nyathi, who is accused of concealing the location and ownership of a BMW, is now on the run.
Nyathi (44) is jointly charged with Ismail Abdurrahman (30), Hillary Nduna (40), Samson Marufu (34), Noah Muneka (43) and Mavis Shamiso Taruvinga (36).
The witness Emmanuel Chansa, failed to turn up for court on his second day of testifying and was issued with a warrant of arrest.
Harare magistrate Ms Bianca Makwande postponed the matter to March 29. In his testimony before going AWOL, Chansa told the court that he was approached by Marufu who was looking for number plates to affix to his vehicle.
“I am a mechanic. When Marufu approached me I then contacted Knowledge Chiteve who supplied the number plates,” said Chansa. “Marufu also said he wanted a registration book for the same vehicle and I introduced him to Muneka.”
Asked by the prosecutor whether or not Chiteve and Muneka were employed at the Central Vehicle Registration, Chansa said no.
In his defense Marufu told the court that Chansa was the one who introduced him to Bernard Chiweshe who was selling the vehicle.
“Chiweshe promised me that Chansa would assist me with registration of the vehicle. I paid Chansa who acquired the services of Muneka for the registration of the vehicle,” said Marufu.
The six are facing money laundering charges. herald