The Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Botswana last week appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court facing allegations of corruption and fraud involving more than P 1 million.
Jacob Manzunzu allegedly committed the offence between 2000 and 2003 while he was working for the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs as the Registrar and Sherriff of the High Court of Zimbabwe.
Manzunzu was responsible for authorizing auctions at the High Court, reportedly fraudulently auctioned on Joy Manyimo’s house without her knowledge.
Manzunzu was not asked to plead to two counts of fraud and corruption and was granted a US$ 2000 bail and remanded to October 19 for routine remand.
He allegedly bought one of two houses under the controversial sale and is being arraigned with three others who the state claimed connived to defraud Manyimo. Another of the four accused bought the other house.
In pursuit of their plan, the quartet, it is alleged, purported as if the bank had identified the house for auctioning. As a result the house was sold to one of the accused by the High Court through a purported treaty without the owner’s knowledge.
A police report was made leading to the arrest of the trio in 2003 while Manzunzu, who had relocated to Botswana, was arrested on September 12 this year.
According to the state, the value of the house is equivalent to US$ 151 500.