A CENTRAL Intelligence Officer (CIO) stationed at Parliament yesterday appeared in court facing charges of extorting $10 000 from a Kenyan national using the name of Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi.

It is the State’s case that Zvikomborero Walter Ngorima on Wednesday, went to Timothy Waweru’s residence in Highlands pretending to be seeking Benjamin Masyuku, who is a director of Inyaka Mine in Zvimba.

On being told that Masyuku was in the United States on business, the State alleges that Ngorima demanded $10 000 from the complainant saying it was for Mohadi and his deputy Ziyambi Ziyambi. 

He said it was a bribe to facilitate Masyuku’s return after his deportation in 2013.
“Accused alleged that the two ministers were furious about Masyuku’s failure to honour his promise to give them a reward of $10 000 for facilitating his return to Zimbabwe after his deportation in 2013,” the State papers read.

“Accused then threatened the complainant that his failure to avail Masyuku or pay the money was going to result in him being deported by the immigration department or sent to prison.”
Waweru allegedly pleaded with Ngorima to go back and tell the ministers to wait for a week when Musyuku was expected to have returned to Zimbabwe.

Waweru then told his friend David Kurwaisimba about the incident.
Kurwaisimba is said to have approached Mohadi who denied sending Ngorima and advised the complainant to report the matter to police.

The State says it has evidence against Ngorima in the form of statements from five witnesses confirming his actions and audio recordings of the conversations he had with the complainant.
Magistrate Tendai Mahwe did not ask Ngorima to plead and remanded the matter to July 17. newsday

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