Tomana In Hot Soup

On April 23, Tomana’s office confirmed through a letter that it had declined to prosecute Mutasa and her three accomplices in the US$750 000 fraud case –  her personal assistant Caroline Gwinyai, Telecel’s regional sales manager Charles Mapurisa and commercial director Mr Naquib Omar.

But on Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Wealth Creation and Empowerment Council wrote to Tomana complaining about his handling of Mutasa’s case. The council is among the handful of organisations pushing for the empowerment of indigenous Zimbabweans.

“We give you seven days to reinstitute the charges, failure to which the council has no choice but to engage private prosecutor,” reads the complaint. The complaint has also been copied to President Robert Mugabe, five ministers of the inclusive government, the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), the police’s serious frauds section and the anti-corruption commission.

“(The) police must investigate other fraudulent matters perpetrated by Jane Mutasa and others involving fake invoices that were paid by Telecel for services which were not provided or performed.”

The letter added that the conversion of  the Indigenous Business Women’s Organisation (IBWO)’s shares by Jane Mutasa into her personal company, Selpon Investments (Pvt) Ltd, was without the Zimbabwe Wealth Creation and Empowerment Council’s approval as per its constitution.

Tomana was not available for comment. However, in the letter confirming that the charges against Mutasa had been dropped, his office said the evidence contained in witnesses’ statements in the police docket “does not establish a criminal offence against the four suspects”.