By-The Zanu PF regime, through the Harare magistrate Mrs Munashe Chibanda has for the second time dismissed an application for exception filed by a legal clerk with Tendai Biti Law Chambers who is facing two fresh counts of fraud due to lack of merit.
The magistrate ruled that the trial should commence on June 29.
Constantine Chaza had applied for an exception on amended charges arguing that the charges on the State outline do not constitute an offence.
In dismissing the application, Mrs Chibanda said Chaza’s application lacked merit.
On the first count, it is alleged that on February 26, 2020 at the High Court in Harare, Chaza tendered a fake special power of attorney from Elliot Rogers in the matter in which the complainant, Tendai Mashamhanda, was the other party.
The court acted upon the misrepresentation and allowed Chaza to file the papers.
The matter came to light when Mashamhanda managed to contact Rogers in the United Kingdom, who denied giving Chaza any power of attorney and the matter was reported to the police.
The special power of attorney tendered by Chaza was checked out by the CID Forensic Laboratory for analysis together with other documents that Rogers signed and it was allegedly discovered that the documents were not signed by the same person.
On the second count, it is alleged that on October 18 2021 at the High Court in Harare, Chaza again allegedly tendered a fake special power of attorney from Rogers in another case.
It is further alleged that the matter came to light when the complainant, Piwayi Chiutsi, noted that the signature on the special power of attorney dated September 27, 2015 was different from the signature by Rogers on an affidavit done on October 7, 2014 and a report was made to the police.
Chaza is on $5 000 bail on another matter involving perjury charges after allegedly filing a false statement under oath at the High Court.