Monday 22 May 2023


LEGENDARY gospel musician Machanic Manyeruke, 82, recently lost two personal vehicles to some men who were masquerading as cops and also claiming ties to high-ranking politicians.

The cars, valued at US$16 500, have since been recovered.

The suspects were arrested in Harare and Marondera.

They appeared at the Chitungwiza Magistrates’ Courts on Friday charged with fraud.

Regional Chida, 37, and Ezra Manzvidza, 23, were remanded in custody to today for bail considerations.

It is the State’s case that the legendary gospel singer wanted to host a retirement gala in November last year.

His plan was to use a grand platform to make an honourable exit from an industry that has won him many souls in a journey that spans five decades.

Manyeruke met Manzvidza, who had come to his house to enquire whether he needed any help in his project, and he told him that his Nissan Patrol vehicle, Registration Number AAP 7305, needed some repairs.

Manzvidza went back to Chida with the feedback.

After three days Manzvidza returned to Manyeruke’s house and told him that the car was needed for servicing at CMED.

The legendary musician complied and handed over the car, keys and registration book.

Manzvidza drove the car and handed it to Chida who parked it in the Parliament premises.

At the end of February this year, a third accused, who is still at large, called Manyeruke using mobile number 0773 554 307, and said he needed a vehicle to transport US$97 000 from Marondera.

The musician handed over a Honda CRV to Chida.

When Manyeruke later made efforts to recover his vehicles, the phones of the accused were no longer reachable.

As he was passing through Parliament one day, Manyeruke saw his Nissan Patrol parked on the premises and reported the matter to police leading to Chida’s arrest.

Manzvidza was later arrested on May 17 in Marondera and both vehicles were recovered.

They are now parked at St Mary’s Police Station. H Metro


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