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Former UZ Vice Chancellor Off The Hook In Numerous Fraud Charges

Former UZ Vice Chancellor Off The Hook In Numerous Fraud Charges

Former University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice chancellor Levi Nyagura has been removed from remand in a case he was facing numerous counts of fraud, reported

Nyagura was jointly charged with UZ top officials, Lazarus Mabvira and James Chipendo.

The trio was removed from remand by Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi who ruled that the State had failed to prosecute them since 2018.

The magistrate said there was no reason to keep Nyagura and his co-accused on remand when it was not clear when their trial shall commence.

He ordered prosecutors to continue by way of summons.

Allegations were that sometime between 2015 and 2018, the trio connived on various occasions to prejudice UZ through the “dubious” awarding of tenders.

Allegations were that on 23 August 2015, three companies, namely Frenzy Investments, Tynwald Sawmills and Bright Tree Cutters, responded to Mabvira’s request for quotations to cut 5 trees in front of the northern wing of Manfred Hodson compound.

On 6 November 2015, Mabvira allegedly connived with Nyagura and awarded the services to Tynwald Sawmills without soliciting for quotations from at least three competitive bidders.

UZ allegedly paid US$9 950 to Tynwald Sawmills to cut down five trees at the institution.

However, there was neither a security check nor a storekeeper’s signature to confirm that the services were rendered.

Prosecutors further alleged that Frenzy Investments and Tynwald Sawmills are owned by the same directors, while Bright Tree Cutter is not registered.

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