CHIKOMBA – Chikomba District Development Coordinator (DDC) has been accused of producing a fake letter at Chivhu Magistrates Court to try and absolve himself from a bribery charge.
Michael Mariga was left in an eye of a storm on Friday when he produced a letter that said that the money he allegedly received from Theresa Dangwa of Dangwa Initiatives Trust was for payment for the ratification of a Memorandum of Understanding that the NGO was to sign with the District Office.
The Mirror also attended the court session.
Dangwa however, fired back and told the court that she was never told of such a payment and she never received or was made aware of such a letter until that moment in court.
Mariga is accused of forcing Dangwa to pay a bribe of US$150 in order for a memorandum of understanding for her NGO to work in Chikomba District to be signed. Mariga was trapped by Police soon after receiving the alleged bribe.
Mariga’s lawyer, Tafara Nzingo of Nzingo and Associates said the letter was just a draft and conceded it was never issued to Dangwa despite the letter being signed and stamped.
The letter was written and signed by Social Services Committee manager Blessing Chari of Chikomba RDC.
Chari happens to be Mariga’s nephew, The Mirror is informed.
Mariga appeared before Provincial Magistrate Sam Chitumwa and the State is represented by Corence Chimbadzwa.https://masvingomirror.com