Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa
At least 70 people were left counting losses after they were duped of US$300 000 in a cheap cement scam by two Harare men.
Police have identified the two suspects as Andy Baleni, popularly known as Mambo Ndini and Tinashe Zimunya.
In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the company involved in the scam is Koffie and King Hardware situated along Mbuya Nehanda Street.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is concerned with fraud cases involving the purported sale of cement “on special offer” to unsuspecting public members through advertisements on social media and radio stations by a company known as Koffie and King Hardware allegedly situated at 10 Mbuya Nehanda Street, Harare.”
“The two suspects in the matter, Andy Baleni also known as Mambo Ndini and Tinashe Zimunya advertised cement on radio and social media platforms at very low prices and alleged special offers thereby luring the unsuspecting transacting public.
The purported cement was said to be delivered within seven (7) days after payment for the consignment.
“Resultantly, more than seventy (70) victims fell for the scam and were defrauded approximately USD$300 000-00,” reads part of the communique.
Police are now hunting for the two suspects, he implored members of the public to exercise due diligence before making any payments.
“…as this scam is now pointing fingers to the possibility of a pyramid scheme through the alleged sale of cement.”
Andy Baleni’s last known address is whose last known address is Flat 3 Glen Lorne, Chishawasha, Harare