By Taurai Maunga
A prominent businessman Maphius Mutasa was left with an egg on the face after his attempt to have five people arraigned over ‘attaching’ his property hit a brickwall.
Mutasa was accusing the five of taking his moulding brick machine from his stand 2456 Section 11 in Mbizo without his approval.
Nehemiah Chikwira (44), William Muzanezuva (22), relatives, Musiwa (25),Tapiwa (28) and Ngonidzashe Mhandire (30) were brought to Kwekwe Magistrate Story Rushambwa for taking a moulding brick machine from Mutasa without his permission.
Chikwira denied the allegations saying that, “On the 24th of August 2018 we supplied Mutasa with river sand which is worth $480 after that he was now avoiding us. I tried to reach him on the phone he was not available until we went to his stand and found him there.
When he saw us Mutasa was surprised, he called me alone and gave me $200 before telling me that’s all he had so I should talk with my other colleagues. My colleagues refused, he then suggested that we should take his machine and return it when he gave us our money.”
“He then called me and asked me where to send our money, so I told him he should send the money on my cellphone number. When we received our money after ten minutes we then went and returned the machine at his stand,” he said.
When Mutasa was brought to the court he told the court that, “The accused took my machine without my approval they even insulted me using vulgar words but I told them that I only had $200 at the moment. I told them the rest they would get at the end of the day.”
“I decided to go to the police and when they were called by the police thats when they returned my machine,” he said.
Magistrate Rushambwa dismissed the case for lack of evidence.
“It is clear that the complainant wanted to fix you because you pressured him to pay you. This was a complete waste of time, go home,” Rushambwa told the accused.