Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) consultant Vimbai Eva Mushongera yesterday appeared in court on charges of swindling 2018 presidential aspirant and businessman Mr Joseph Makamba Busha of US$65 000, through JM Busha 54 Race Trust Zimbabwe.
Mushongera appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Vongai Guriro, who remanded her to March 9 for trial on fraud charges.
She is out of custody on $300 bail.
Mr Busha is representing his trust, which is into peace promotion through education, sport, art, music and culture throughout Africa.
According to the State, Mushongera was appointed a trustee and country representative of JM Busha 54 Trust.
She was not entitled to a salary, but an allowance of US$100 per sitting.
Like other trustees, Mushongera was tasked to assist the secretariat to run the affairs of the organisation.
It is alleged that Mushongera then hatched a plan to defraud the trust.
She allegedly wrote a letter of appointment highlighting the nature of her duties and awarded herself a salary of US$2 500 per month. She then made it appear as if it was written by Mr Busha.
Mushongera reportedly crafted e-mails that appeared to have been sent from Mr Busha to her, acknowledging that he owed her US$65 000.
She then instructed her lawyers to prepare a letter of demand for US$65 000 based on the fake documents, which they served on Mr Busha.
Mr Busha picked the anomaly on the documents, prompting him to lodge a complaint against Mushongera leading to her arrest.