By BLESSING MASAKADZA

A HARARE woman accused of swindling a local businessman of US$488 000 in a botched mining deal in which she name-dropped President’s Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name faces more pain after the State withdrew its bail consent. 

Eustine Charambira is facing fraud allegations and the State had consented to her bail if she surrendered title deeds to a property in her name last week. 

However, that consent to bail was withdrawn after it was established Charambira was convicted of a similar offence this year after swindling another person of US$19 400. She will be back in court today for the continuation of her bail application. 

Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti told the court that sometime in October 2020, Charambira was approached by the complainant Erasmus Chimbumu, who wanted to buy mining chemicals after he was referred to the woman by one of his suppliers, Ragu Sivaragas.  

Charambira allegedly told the complainant that she has a company which buys mining chemicals from the United Kingdom and ships them to Durban, South Africa where they would collect them before importing to Zimbabwe.  

Chimbumu allegedly told Charambira that he only had local currency to pay for the mining chemicals but she insisted that the deal would only sail through if he paid in United States dollars or South African rand.  

Allegations are that the following day, Charambira called the complainant and told him that he can send the local currency to her various suppliers so that she can get forex using the black market rate.  

Chimbumu allegedly complied with the instructions and between October and December 2020, he sent money into various accounts of Chirambira’s suppliers.  

According to the agreement, the complainant was supposed to receive his mining chemicals in January 2021.  

At the end of January 2021, Chimbumu inquired about the chemicals from Chirambira and she claimed the money was stolen and she reported the case at Borrowdale Police Station.    

Charambira allegedly stated that she did not tell the complainant because the person who stole the money had agreed to return it in April.  

It is further alleged that the complainant asked Chirambira about his chemicals and she said she had not received her money from the person who stole from her, but she was expecting US$1 million from an investor from the United Kingdom and that the deal involved Mnangagwa and army generals.  

She allegedly demanded US$100 000 from the complainant to hire a private jet from the UK to Zimbabwe so that she could reimburse the complainant of his money.  

The complainant reportedly sent US$50 000 to Charambira through Ragu Sivaragas before it was established that there was no investor, who had been brought to Zimbabwe.  

It was also discovered Charambira had lied that the money had been stolen by a certain guy in Chitungwiza.  

The complainant reportedly lost USD$488 000 through the misrepresentation.  – Daily News