- Published on 23 May 2015
- Written by Staff Reporter
Flamboyant businessman and musician Energy Mutodi is expected back in the courts facing fresh charges of theft of trust property after he allegedly defrauded the National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) of more than $300 000.
Mutodi (36) was summoned to appear at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on June 11 for commencement of trial.
Mutodi is the founder of NHDT, but the board, represented by Boniface Chikono, resolved to cause his arrest after he allegedly stole $341 314 from the company’s account which was meant for land development.
The NHDT is involved in property development. It purchases land which it subdivides into residential stands which are then allocated to subscribing members. In the past the majority of the members have been civil servants whose subscriptions are deducted directly from by the Salary Service Bureau (SSB).
According to the State papers, Mutodi is the sole signatory to the trust account and on May 8 last year the account had $626 058.
It is alleged Mutodi withdrew $341 314 from the account, which was meant for land development for members who were waiting to get their residential stands.
Mutodi, the court heard, converted the money to his personal use.
The offence only came to light on June 20 and Chikono made a report to the police against Mutodi.
The ever-controversial musician and flamboyant businessman-cum-politician pulled a shocker when he dived head-first into the Zanu PF factional fight that saw Joice Mujuru being sucked from the Vice Presidency post which she had held for a decade.
Mutodi claimed that a ritual site used by former VP Joyce Mujuru to perform activities meant to cause misfortunes and death on President Mugabe has been found. Posting on his Facebook page, Mutodi, who is also a musician, says the place is along Dande River in Mashonaland Central province.
This follows Mugabe's claims that Mujuru hired two Nigerian specialists in witchcraft to perform a wicked ritual while she was semi naked in a bid to dethrone him.
A couple of weeks later, when veteran journalist and human rights defender Itai Dzamara mysteriously went missing in a suspected case of bloody abduction, Mutodi pithced up with yet another shocking claim, alleging that Dzamara is hiding in Botswana.
"A Zimbabwean gay-cum-journalist Itai Dzamara who has made international headlines following a fake abduction is hiding in Botswana it has emerged. According to our findings, the fake journalist who actually sings for his supper from the opposition MDCT has been taken hostage by a German national named Dirk Frey who has not only invented the hide and seek game but also secured a place for the poor Zimbabwean man to hide in a town called Selebi Pikwe in Botswana," reads part of Mutodi's shocking claim.
It is against such blunt accusations by Mutodi that make the nation believe he is singing for his supper.
Surprisingly, Mutodi's name was part of the names that featured an illegal list of "Mahure EmuHarare" that rocked social media networks in December last year. The list which was doing rounds on WhatsApp and Facebook mainly featured various politicians, musicians, well known businessmen as well as other local celebrities, both married and single. READ MORE HERE: 'MAHURE emuHarare': List of high profile male and female prostitutes goes viral