Former Big Brother winner fails in bid to have mother prosecuted

Former Big Brother Africa winner Wendall Parson has failed in his latest attempt to have his mother and brother prosecuted for fraud after a Harare Magistrate refused to place them remand following their arrest on Thursday 28 September 2017.

Wendall’s mother Gillian Theresa Jackson, bother William Lorenzo and a colleague Vinyu Tsoka appeared today at the Harare Magistrate’s Court facing $160 000 fraud charges after they allegedly gave false information to the Ministry of Mines and Fidelity Printers in relation to family mining company Wentso Milling (Pvt) limited.

However, Harare magistrate Josephine Sande refused to place the trio on remand on the basis that the State represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa had failed to provide clear evidence that linked them to the commission of the offence.

She also noted that the charges were made as a result of the ongoing shareholding dispute between the family members.

This was after the trio’s lawyer Purity Chilangaise challenged their placement on remand.

The State alleges that the current share distribution of the company on record stands at Wendall (60%), Tsoka (30%) and Willian Parson (10%).

Wendall alleges that the trio hatched a plan to prejudice him and prepared an affidavit to the effect that the shareholding of the mining company had changed and shared the same with the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development as well as Fidelity Printers.

Due to the misrepresentations, according to Wendall, the Ministry of Mines granted the trio permission to resume operations at the gold mine which had been suspended. Wendall also alleges that the trio working in cahoots then made gold deliveries to Fidelity Printers and were paid $160 000.

He claims as the majority shareholder he suffered a prejudice of $160 000 that was paid by Fidelity Printers.

Wendall was one of the two representatives from Zimbabwe in the Big Brother Amplified, edition 6 of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) competition which is a television reality show.

He was rewarded by Robert Mugabe for his endeavours, together with Vimbai Mutinhiri and Stephen Muzhinji.