CMED boss commits suicide

Freeman Razemba Harare Bureau—
The board chairman of the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED) (Pvt) Ltd and managing director of Nemchen (Pvt) Ltd, Leslie John Denn, committed suicide last week in unclear circumstances. Denn, 35, shot himself once in the head and his body was found by his wife at their Borrowdale home in Harare.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident yesterday. “On May 9, his wife left for work at around 7.30AM and left Denn at home. Denn is reported to have told her that he would go to his workplace later. “The wife returned at around 5PM and asked the house maid where Denn was. She was told that he was sleeping in the bedroom,” he said.

Chief Supt Nyathi said the wife tried to open the door to the bedroom but found it locked from inside. She later broke a window to the bathroom to gain entry into the bedroom. Chief Supt Nyathi said the wife found Denn lying dead in a pool of blood with a pistol beside him.

It was still not clear yesterday why Denn committed suicide and police say they are still investigating the death.

Denn’s death follows police’s intensification of their manhunt for two First Oil Company (Private) Limited directors who are wanted on allegations of obstructing the course of justice after they reportedly connived with CMED managing director Davison Mhaka to cook up papers showing how $2.7 million in a botched fuel deal was spent.

The two directors Alex Kudakwashe Mahuni and Lynon Gilbert Katunga, who are believed to have masterminded the processing of the fake documents through an IT expert in South Africa with Mhaka to conceal the case, are suspected to have fled to South Africa.

Chief Supt Nyathi said they were still looking for the two in connection with the CMED case.

“We’re still looking for Mahuni and Katunga for defrauding CMED and also for trying to defeat the course of justice as defined in Section 184 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act. We also want them for Money Laundering as defined in Section 8 (2) of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act Chapter 9,24,” he said.

“Mahuni and Katunga approached an ICT expert in South Africa and asked the individual to produce false documents, purporting to be evidence of cash transactions that were made for the US$2,7 million which was missing at the Central Mechanical Equipment Department.

“Figures stated in the false documents ranged between R500,000 and R5 million. The matter came to light when one of the owners of the company that they had claimed to have paid raised a complaint that he had not received the money. The CID Serious Fraud Squad is handling the case and are hunting for these two suspects.”

Chief Supt Nyathi said anyone with information leading to their arrest should contact CID Headquarters or the National Complaints Desk on (04) 703631 or any police station. Mahuni and Katunga’s alleged accomplice, Mhaka, was arrested last month and has since appeared in court where his case is still pending.

He appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe facing charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice and violating the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act.

Police are also investigating the whereabouts of the $300,000 which was withdrawn as cash at a time when the money amounting to $3 million was released by CMED. The money was withdrawn by Brian Manjengwa, the then parastatal’s fuels manager, under the instruction of Mhaka.

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  • vusumuzi

    There are a lot of companies that have been opened in RSA by Zimbabweans who have looted and externalized usds, mainly ZANU people . Quiete a lot of them . If Govt could work with RSA CIPC dept and get details of directors , some have been opened in relatives’ names . These CMED guys are here , living on incomes from most likely businesses they have somehow opened and run. Maybe its time the Govt re-visited the 1910 arrangement where Zim was requested to join Southern Africa b ut the Zim whites (British)refused because of the Transvaal being in their way home (to British Natal). We were supposed to be the 5th member/province and were going to be a good strong country. We still could but ZANU clandestine activities woiuld be exposed.

    • MakhosiXamu

      You are made ,ndoda. Zanu PF people can not sabotage their camp. Only those who otherwise pretend to be MDC-T might derail MT’s aspirations of becoming President. There is no need for Zn(PF) activists to kill their only means of survival by opening companies in SA- that is outright rubbish – you are cooking up stories in order to bolster your wayward mentality. Zn(PF) can sabotage Ubafazini and MDC-T together with Pink thugs of Europe can loot and open companies in SA. Your are not rational and mental unstable and logical bankrupt, shame.

    • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

      Yo So yo’ mind iz still clinging on 1910 issues, which will never become reality. Eish I wouldn’t wants ta be dis naive or iz it dis dull, Duh!!

      • vusumuzi

        because you do not look deep into a story, only rushing to unconstructively critisize. what solution have you proposed, at least i did. The world and countries were shaped by history and borders are being re-visited every now and then, according to people’s needs. EG like i have said , there was no Zimbabwe which we know today, it was 3 states , forcibly joined by colonialists in order to control the wealth they contained, and thereby creating strange bedfellows, as witnessed by today’s internal conflicts. Be free buddy and agree that we differ in ideology but mustn t fight/insult. I see you insult on other issues!!!!!

        • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

          If you want to engage me in meaningful conversations you are very welcome, but for you to threaten me with removal from the forum is cowardice.

  • Robbed blind

    Does Zim have an extradition arrangement concerning suspected criminals with South Africa? If not send a team of crack annihilators to shoot down these scumbags like the dogs that they are.

  • Mixed Race

    All you need is to put pressure on all these crooks and looters ,they will break down quickly and eliminate themselves.It shows how eakand useless they are in real life.

  • Col. Gaddafi

    Board Chairman for CMED @ 35???

    • MakhosiXamu

      What is wrong with that ?. Gatsheni.

      • Col. Gaddafi

        I hope you understand parastals dynamics…. strange indeeed

        • MakhosiXamu

          The age issue is a non-starter. What matters are qualifications and the necessary exposure. Your deductions imply that any person should be 60 to 70 years in order to lead a big company. You are on record complaining about the recycling of dead wood. So what is the fuss about?.

          • Engineer

            Age cannot be discounted! At 35, that’s a tad more than 10 years of industrial experience. With all due respect, even with all the qualifications, sounds too early an age for effective execution of duties as board chairman of an organisation of that nature.

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            Stop being limited in your thinking patterns, so called “Engineer”.

          • Doctor Do little

            I agree with you. I know the family. They are from Bulawayo. That man was put there on merit and not because of connections. What made him do what he done I don’t know. Heart felt sympathies to Christopher and all the Denn, Selman and Alibaba families.

          • Col. Gaddafi

            Not really that i said age qualifies or disqualifies anyone, history has had it that Parastatal Boards in Zim have the likes of Doc so and so etc… this was surely a first for me… but anyway… he’s dead anyhow

    • blarazonke

      Yaaa, too risky even for himself…

      • Col. Gaddafi

        ikikikikik

    • Dr Frank N Stien

      When the best you had have left the country you put the best you got. Age won’t matter.

      • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

        That’s true at least according to your limited thinking, duh!!

        • Dr Frank N Stien

          深呼吸深呼吸

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            go away, premature ejakulator!!

          • Dr Hal Oween

            Kikikikikiki were you holding the candle you pervert.

  • MakhosiXamu

    KAMBE inhlanya ezimbili zilolwazi na?. A fool leading another fool- yaaaa I do agree since lonke lizimbila za ntaba nye… I am not begrudging your senile mindset.

    • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

      Wena you’re the 3rd madman

      • MakhosiXamu

        Leave Nketa mnyoro alone. Khuluma ngema Makhokhoba – that is where you live.

        • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

          Usutshengisile wedwa ukuthi awuphelelanga,yes I stay in Makhokhoba, isn’t it a place meant for people to stay? Are you implying that anyone staying in Makhokhoba is inferior?

          • MakhosiXamu

            No wonder ….. your comment is just pathetic. kambe nxa umuntu ehlala eMakhokhoba what positive issues can emanate from such a place. I am talking about the class and level of maturity. Where does inferiority come in ?. Vula inhloko yakho.

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            It’s not about the place it’s about the mindeset of a person, so many great people have come out of Makokoba. I know of a guy heading an Engineering firm in Uk who hails from Makhokhoba. It’s small minds like you who judge people by where they come from. Some of us achieved what we achieved because we had this deep desire to change our backgrounds. Sthuthandini

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            “yeka ukutshengisa ukungacabangi kwakho kumphakathi”, “stop showing the world how ignorant you are”,
            “regera kuratidza nyika yese kusafunga kwakho”
            “停止向世界展示你是多么的无知”。
            “وقف يظهر للعالم كيف يجهل كنت .”

            Have put in 5 languages out of the 13 I speak so you can understand it Bozo, duh!!

          • Dr Frank N Stien

            The chinese bit is wrong. You actually wrote “”Stop to show the world how ignorant you are .” HAHAHAHAHAHA you Mandrin is not bad 我是医生弗兰克STIEN HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            Yo So you now da “Chronicle Forum” Chinese beotch huh??
            & is you being paid fo’ it Bozo!! ya’ll is mad stupid.

          • Dr Frank N Stien

            是压力回

      • Bul-24/7

        Hello Roddy boy! Gone through another metamorphosis have you now? Can’t hide from me Roddy ….. I know you too well!

        • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

          Yo Who is you & don’ you gots anythin` useful ta do than be following my fcukin every move on da forum. an’ what do you mean by Rody boy, ain’t dat da name o’ yo’ cat?

          • Bul-24/7

            That’s exactly what I expected. Gotcha! And no; my cat’s called Sim. And Rod’s the name you were using last week before the moderator got onto you. He seems to be under the depression of a particularly nasty hang-over; but that’s no problem. I’ll simply wake him and phut …. you’ll be gone from the forum.

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            You’re a COWARD, why do you want me removed, how about the meaningful conversations I have with other people?
            DON’T BE A COWARD.

          • vusumuzi

            even if you are ZANU, because of this am sure bazakukhipha.

          • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

            Let’s discuss constructive issues, but don’t threaten me with removal from the forum.

          • Bul-24/7

            Only a real coward behaves like you; particularly when he feels safe behind a faceless platform such as this. Your alter-ego Dr Frank N Stein has already got the chop. I tried responding to some slime he wrote and was informed that he’s considered a no no on this forum. So goodbye for now .You can expect the plug to be pulled any moment now!

    • Bul-24/7

      Heard that silly one before and it’ beginning to jar on my tolerance limits. Yawn. Go refresh your vocabulary a little. Maybe then some of us will be able to tolerate your mind numbing responses?

  • blarazonke

    Considering the undercurrencies at CMED, I would nt be surprised that this guy had dirty hands. The net was probably closing on. And to be board chairman for such a big organisation like CMED at 35 would have been too risky.

    • Dr Frank N Stien

      Blara don’t force me to use my drill.

      • blarazonke

        Kkkkk, a gun does it faster and soundly. A drill? Better take a blue liquid, LOL!!! Make sure the money is well stashed in a trusted person’s off shore account b4 using whtever. Jeri mu Zim is as good (bad)as death sentence.

        • Dr Frank N Stien

          I don’t kill my friend I just create nice silent well behaved monsters. I release brain pressure. Yours is normal.kikikiki

          • blarazonke

            LOL!!!

      • Mtoliki

        Behave.

  • job 50

    folish commenting is not needed silence is golden

  • Bul-24/7

    Roddy boy …. who doesn’t know that you are both nketha whatever and Dr Frank N Stein. When I was little, mom taught me that holding a conversation with oneself was a sign of emotional instability. Her wise words are vindicated by your schizophrenic behaviour on this platform!

    • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

      fcuk off pun-k “S”

      • Bul-24/7

        And good morning to you too!

    • Who Let the Dogs out

      Please do not insult me.

  • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

    At least we do agree on something, kikiki

  • Mixed Race

    It is not insensitive because he has robbed and looted his family’s future,that is real crooked to me.Even the Holy Bible talks very bad about those who take their lives.

  • Bul-24/7

    I don’t believe that you or mixed race are truly of multicultural origin. Don’t ask me why i thinks so, because I won’t tell you. However, I have certain means of arriving at conclusions concerning the characters of users on the platform. Revealing any of these would be giving away valuable trade secrets. But I remain absolutely adamant about my assessment as stated in my comment’s first sentence.

    • True Jimmy

      Your conclusions mean nothing. That is my community. I don’t know about Mixed race but the late is from Southworld and his father is Chris Denn a former Engine-man who lost his arm in a Train accident whilst his mother is nee Alibaba from Trenance. That is what I can tell you. Now if you want me to give you my name the you are dense. Jimmy derives from what our malumes call us and this name was given because of a man named Jimmy Falala who lived in the then Forestvale whom whilst fighting someone his friends were saying “kick him Jimmy” I am born and bred kofanbeki which is what forest vale (Emakandeni )was nickenamed after the Van beek family who owned a store in that area.

    • True Jimmy

      Now you are silent Bulawayo 24/7. Don’t get yourself involved in things that you do not know and make silly assumptions.

  • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

    Why do people like displaying dullness

  • Dr P Smurf

    What is so dull about that question?

  • Dr P Smurf

    Indwangu zihlekana izipongo.

  • nketa mnyoro via ko sekusile

    get away