Businessman’s Co-Director Tunika Mkahanana walks free as acquitted on fraud charges

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Businessman Michael Ndoro’s co-director, Tunika Mkahanana, has been acquitted of fraud charges by a Harare regional magistrate.

However, the magistrate has ruled that Ndoro must present his defense. The magistrate emphasized that the potential for prejudice exists, but not actual prejudice.

The court noted that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) did not take action based on the alleged forged documents, and ZERA declined to testify, stating that no prejudice or damage was incurred.

The magistrate concluded that the State failed to establish a prima facie case linking Mkahanana to the alleged offense.

During the proceedings, Ndoro was questioned about the two sets of documents submitted to ZERA, one in September 2018 and another in November 2021, three years later.

Ndoro stands accused of fraudulently removing his former wife, Precious Ndoro, from the directorship of Zororo Energy Limited and replacing her with Mkahanana.

The court established that Ndoro and Precious jointly formed Zororo Energy in 2018, with each holding a 50% shareholding.

Ndoro argued that he was solely responsible for registering Zororo Energy as the company was his brainchild.

He claimed that he instructed the company’s registration with himself and Mkahanana as the directors and shareholders.

Ndoro challenged the State to provide evidence contradicting his statement that Precious was registered as a director and shareholder.

Mkahanana, in her defense, stated that she was appointed as a director of Zororo Energy by Ndoro and denied any knowledge of the alleged previous registration of the company involving Precious.

The trial will resume on July 27, with Ndoro presenting his defense

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