Man dupes three farm seek­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe

A 50-YEAR-OLD man from Kwekwe who al­legedly sold State land for more than $25 000 has ap­peared in court.

Oneas Mare of Num­ber 2, Park Street New­ton, Kwekwe ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Mrs Florence Nago on Thurs­day fac­ing three counts of fraud.

He was re­manded to Au­gust 29 on $300 bail.

Prose­cu­tor, Mr Lloyd Mavhiza said Mare lied to three peo­ple that he had a farm in Ma­tobo area just out­side Gweru which he was sell­ing.

He said in May last year, Pa­tri­cia Chi­rove was ad­vised by one Led­nos Ku­mi­rai that Mare was sell­ing a farm in Ma­tobo area.

Chi­rove met Mare along Main Street in Gweru on May 5 last year and gave him $8 000 as part pay­ment for the farm.

“In June 2015 with­out the of­fer let­ter the com­plainant ap­proached the Pro­vin­cial Lands Of­fice in pur­suance of an of­fer let­ter and was told that it was un­law­ful to ob­tain an of­fer let­ter for the land al­ready hav­ing a ben­e­fi­ciary since it was Sta­te­owned and no one had the right to sell it,” said Mr Mavhiza.

On the sec­ond count, the court heard that in May last year, Pa­tience Mat­siwo was of­fered the land and parted with her ve­hi­cle, a Lexus RX that Mare val­ued at $8 000.

Mr Mavhiza said in June last year, Justin Tarabuku ap­proached Mare when he heard that he was sell­ing a farm.

He said Tarabuku paid $9 800 and the re­main­ing $1 000 was to be paid af­ter the peg­ging and pro­duc­tion of an of­fer let­ter had been done.

When Mare failed to de­liver the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice. — @wyn­nezane

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