Clinic loses $26k in botched equipment deal

By Fungai Lupande

A Harare company allegedly duped Michel Gelfand Clinic of over $26 000 after it failed to deliver medical equipment from China. Bantex Global (Pvt) Ltd and its director Caulis Jongwe (51) yesterday appeared before a Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing theft of trust property charges.

Rotten Row Magistrates Court
Rotten Row Magistrates Court

Jongwe was granted $300 bail. The case was remanded to February 14. As part of his bail money, Jongwe was ordered to surrender his passport, to reside at his given address and not to interfere with witnesses pending finalisation of the matter.

The court heard that Bantex Global is a registered company, which is in the business of supplying, repairing and maintaining medical equipment.

The prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa is alleging that sometime in October 2016, Michel Gelfand Clinic intended to buy a hospital operating table and a theatre led light from China.

They engaged Jongwe who assured them that he was able to buy and deliver the equipment from Shenshen Mindray Bio Medical Electronics in China.

On October 13, Jongwe allegedly gave Michel Gelfand two quotations and the hospital made a payment of $26 335 to his Stanbic Bank account.

Jongwe reportedly withdrew the money and spent it. He reportedly became evasive and this prompted the complainant to make a follow up with the supplier in China.

It was established that Jongwe did not make such a transaction. A complaint was lodged with the police leading to Jongwe’s arrest. The Herald

  • Fred Moyo

    Clinic should have bought directly from China!

  • harare isnow a breeding capital for conmen,what a shame

  • Hope they will get their money back & this dude deserves some time also 5 years at list

  • Ma Zimba ano vhara. They close.

  • wow conning such a good hosp?

  • Fred Moyo

    Clinic should have bought directly from China!

  • mugabefan

    Paying a middleman in full in advance??

  • mugabefan

    Paying a middleman in full in advance??

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