Two First Oil Company Pvte Ltd Directors Linked To CMED US$2,7 Million Scandal Flee From Zimbabwe Justice

TWO First Oil Company (Private) Limited directors  who are wanted on allegations of obstructing the course of justice after they reportedly connived with CMED (Pvt) Ltd managing director Davison Mhaka to cook up papers showing how US $2,7 million in a botched fuel deal was spent, are believed to have fled to South Africa.

Police are still keen to question the two directors, Alex Kudakwashe Mahuni and Lynon Gilbert Katunga, who are believed to have masterminded the manufacture of fake documents through an IT expert in South Africa, in a bid to conceal the case.

Mhaka was arrested recently and has since appeared in court. Sources close to the investigations Wednesday said they had launched a manhunt for Mahuni and Katunga.

Police said they have been making frantic efforts to locate the two at their respective houses in and around the city, but have failed.

“We’re still keen to question the two directors in connection with the case. On Monday we received a call from a lawyer who said he was representing the two and he promised to accompany them to the police but they haven’t shown up,” said a police source.

A First Oil company spokesperson, Ronald Mhlolo, recently denied the allegations that Mahuni and Katunga were on the run, saying they were willing to co-operate with the police.

Police are also investigating the whereabouts of $300,000 which was withdrawn in cash at a time when money amounting to $3 million was released by CMED.

The money was withdrawn by Brian Manjengwa, the then parastatal’s fuels manager, under the instruction of Mhaka.

Mhaka recently appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe facing charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice and violating the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act.

He was remanded to April 20 on $500 bail.

It is alleged that in a bid to defeat the course of justice and to conceal the movement and disposal of the $2,7 million, Mhaka, working in cahoots with Mahuni and Katunga, approached an IT expert in South Africa through Daniel Chidenyu, a Zimbabwean national based in the neighbouring country.

The IT expert, only identified as Pablo, concocted company registration documents and bank statements reflecting the disposal of the $2,7 million Source: chronicle

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