Airforce boss Shiri fleeced of $50,000

AIR FORCE of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrence Shiri lost US$50,000 in a botched bid to install solar power at his Bindura farm, it emerged last week.

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Harare resident Tarisai Kambasha appeared before a city court last Thursday accused of fleecing the Airforce boss.

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Magistrate Milton Serima postponed the trial to Monday at the request of Shiri who was said to be travelling abroad.

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Shiri is said to have contracted Hemmingworth Cartwright (Pvt) Ltd to install a solar power system at his Hopedale Farm in Bindura.

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The deal was reached after Kambasha, chief executive of Hemmingworth Cartwright, reportedly approached the security services chief in April 2013.

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According to prosecutor Sharon Mashavira, a deal was agreed on June 7, 2013 with Shiri later paying $50,125 in instalments.

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However, Kambasha reportedly failed to meet his end of the bargain with just metal stands mounted at the farm.

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The court heard that Shiri then approached Kambasha who started to give excuses.

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Kambasha also failed to reimburse the money, leading to his arrest on December 12 last year.