Senior Court Reporter
LAND developer Felix Munyaradzi now faces allegations he tried to defeat the course of justice by putting pressure on state witness Deputy Commissioner Erasmus Makodza.
Yesterday, Munyaradzi alleged that the top cop falsified the charges against him in an attempt to prevent him from demanding an unpaid debt.
Munyaradzi is accused of attempting to coerce Deputy Commander Makodza, a state witness in another court case, to withdraw the charges against him relating to the sale of stalls.
Munyaradzi claimed that he provided a credit facility to Asst Comm Makodza when he wished to apply for a loan from the bank.
He alleged that A / Commr. Deputy Makodza had begged him not to publicize the problems with the unpaid debt, as it would likely tarnish his name as he was considering the post of Commissioner General of Police.
Munyaradzi denied ever sending people to “chat” Asst Comm Makodza to withdraw the charges against him.
Munyaradzi challenged his remand on charges of obstructing justice and gave what he said was his version of events on the witness stand.
“Makodza wanted to apply for a loan from the bank and he came to my office in 2016 to ask if I could help with the mortgage. He said he had land that was to be seized by the Department of Local Government and that he wanted a loan so that the land was not taken. I gave him documents concerning the land and a contract of sale. He (Asst Comm Makodza) later came back to me telling me that the bank would take a long time to repay the loan and asked for help. He told me that if I gave him the money, then he would give me a contract for the paving of the roads.
Munyaradzi told Harare Provincial Magistrate Vongai Guwuriro that he only spoke to Shadreck Homela, the man who the state said was sent to chat with the Deputy Commissioner, when he asked him about his unpaid debt.
“I didn’t know he had a relationship with (Asst Comm) Makodza. He knows that when I follow up, I lobby and they have brought up the allegations to silence me, ”Munyaradzi said.
He also denied being involved in any form of relationship with Agent Fortunate Dube, as Deputy Commander Makodza claimed in a letter to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. He told Ms. Guwuriro that he had since written a letter of complaint to Asst Comm Makodza regarding the allegations, calling them libelous.
“He’s trying to find ways to escape the debt he owes me. I never told him about these issues, even the guys who would have talked to me. I never threatened him. If I wanted him to be stopped, I would have done so when he used my equipment without paying.
“The court should observe that these are people who abuse their authority,” he said.
The state led by Miss Audrey Chogumaira told the court that Munyaradzi should be remanded in custody as there was reasonable suspicion that he had committed the offense. At this point, all that is needed is a connection between Munyaradzi’s actions and the allegations he is facing.
“We are not obligated to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, but there is reasonable suspicion,” she said, noting that Munyaradzi admitted calling Deputy Commander Makodza.
Munyaradzi has been remanded in custody until today over deciding whether he will be remanded in custody on the new charges.