The interview was an invitation by Priscilla Nyathi to the editor after she left a comment on the Zimbabwe News Online website asking the editor to get in touch with her so that she can provide him with valuable information as the investigation in the alleged looting of Tare funds (as published on an online news site Zimdiaspora) are taking place.
It has since been reported on a different news site (Zimbabwe Online Press) that the reporter of the article “Tare Mapungwana grounded as her fund looted”, allegedly solicited for a bribe from Betty Makoni in return for good publicity. Betty Makoni refused to oblige after which a damaging report was written allegedly linking her to the looting of Tare funds.
In the same article the reporter also mentioned that Tare “is now living a pauper’s life outside London, while suspected fraudsters are looting money from a fund that was set up to assist her.” a point which has since been disputed by popular Zimbabwean protest singer Viomak who happens to be closely related to the Mapungwanas and who was also instrumental in making sure that Tare’s life in Britain was well catered for. Responding to a written interview emailed to her the well known Zimbabwean singer confirmed that Tare’s mother and her blood sister are married to Mapungwana brothers .The singer who also confirmed that she was also instrumental in making sure that Tare’s money (£440.00) deposited by a few well wishers who wanted to deposit directly into the Mapungwanas family bank account was kept safely in her account until Tare and her mother were ready to withdraw it for Christmas. An exclusive interview with Viomak who claims to have a lot of inside information more than what meets the public’s eyes will be initiated again as soon as possible.
Asked if the singer who offers free voluntary services whenever the need arises knows of a private account in which a substantive amount raised under Tare’s name was being channelled into as reported by the reporter who allegedly solicited for a bribe from Betty Makoni, the activist said she checked with GCNW Priscilla Nyathi to double check if there was any private account she was not aware of apart from the family one which Priscilla and GCNW are aware of and she said,
“Priscilla said she doesn’t know of any private account where money was transferred into. Priscilla Nyathi also confirmed that she is the one who does the banking and requests payments and bank transfers so she is the one to know if any funds were transferred into private accounts.”
This has since been partly confirmed .According to confidential financial statements available to us, from 07 September to 07 October 2009 there is no bank transfer to any private accounts or family account. The £440 in the family bank account was deposited by well wishers and was not transferred by any GCNW member. This paper will continue investigating if Priscilla Nyathi and GCNW transferred any money into an unknown private account.
All the paypal transactions from 16 June 2009 (well before Tare appeal) – 10 December 2009 (well after Tare appeal) made available to us show NO transfer of funds into a private bank account.
The GCNW bank statements are also posted to Priscilla Nyathi’s home in LUNDI Close, South End on Sea. ESSEX, thereby confirming that Priscilla Nyathi is better informed of any bank transfers into private accounts. It has also been confirmed that Priscilla Nyathi has some cheque books which she is refusing to return to GCNW offices a fact she did not dispute so if there are any dubious or unauthorized transactions or transfers taking place from the GCNW Lloyds bank account it should be Priscilla doing the transactions. It has also been confirmed that in Britain Betty and Priscilla are signatories to the bank account and each one of them cannot sign a cheque without the other signature so if there are any bank transfers into private accounts both of them should be aware of them. Further investigations have also revealed that when Betty recently travelled out of Britain on business she signed some blank cheques and left them with Priscilla to use in case there was any emergency. Since Priscilla is allegedly refusing to return the cheque books to the GCNW office where they are supposed to be kept it is not clear if Priscilla is not misusing the cheques, because all she needs to initiate a bank transaction is her second signature.
It has been established that £500 donated by a church in Britain is still unaccounted for. In a telephone interview with Tare’s mother on 28 December it has been gathered that Tare’s mother did not receive the £500 from Priscilla Nyathi who attended the church fundraising function. At that time Betty Makoni was out of the country and Priscilla Nyathi attended the fundraising function at the church of which she was supposed to hand over the proceeds to Tare’s mother. It will be further investigated to establish if the £500 was used for its intended purpose.
In a separate list of interview questions in which Priscilla Nyathi was asked about the £500 church donation she refused to comment and accused the editor of harassment even though she had invited the editor to get in touch with her for more information.
Below is the message that Priscilla wrote in the comments section of Zimbabwe News Online website asking the editor to get in touch with her. She was responding to an article published on this site titled GCNW Betty Makoni refuses to be bribed amid false looting allegations in which Blessing Ngwarati established that according to the information he had at the time of writing his report no looting of funds had been detected. The comment has been published unedited.
PRISCILLA NYATHI on 27 December, 2009 10:47:39
DEAR MR EDITOR
PLIZ CAN YOU CONTACT ME URGENTLY REGARDING YOUR PUBLISHED ARTICLE BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF EVIDENCE TO GIVE TO YOU AS I’M THE ONE WHO WENT TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS AGAINST BETTY MAKONI’S INSTRUCTIONS OF ASKING ME TO DEPOSIT THE £10 000 INTO A PRIVATE ACC. THIS IS THE REASON WHY THERE IS BAD BLOOD BTWN US BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO ROB THE NHS OF THIS AMOUNT AND I REFUSED TO COMPROMISE. I HAVE THE EMAIL FROM HER INSTRUCTING ME TO MAKE THE PAYMENT TO THIS THIRD PARTY ACC AND ALL THE ORIGIONAL RECEIPTS ARE WITH ME HERE TO PROVE AS EVIDENCE IN COURT. THERE IS MONEY THAT SHE DID NOT DECLARE FROM THE PAYPAL ACC THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY DONATED TO TAREMEREDZWA, WHEN I RCVD THE MINUTES FOR THE HANDOVER MEETING THAT SHE HELD WITH TARE’S RELATIVES, I’M THE ONE WHO ACTUALLY RAISED THIS QUERY BECAUSE I FELT IT IS NOT PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY. AS SUCH I WILL PRODUCE MY EVIDENCE OF THESE PAYPAL CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WERE NOT PASSED TO TARE NEITHER WERE THEY PAID TOWARDS THE HOSP BILL. I HAVE ALL THE EVIDENCE TO PASS TO YOU, IF I HAD NOT ACTED RIGHT MR EDITOR, PEOPLE WILL BE ASKING TODAY WHY THE HOSP BILL IS STILL NOT PAID WHEN IT WAS LONG OVER DUE. PROF HUTCHINSON EVEN CALLED ME DIRECTLY SAYING THE HOSP WILL NOT CARRY OUT THE SECOND OPERATION IF THE TOTAL BILL OF £21 000 WAS NOT FULLY PAID AND I GLADLY TOLD HIM THAT I HAVE MADE A CASH PAYMENT OF THE £10 000 DONATED TO THE GCNW A/C AND MY NAME IS THERE AS REF INORDER TO PROTECT MYSELF SINCE BETTY IS WELL KNOWN OF TAINTING INNOCENT PEOPLE’S IMAGES. I THEREFORE FULLY SUPPORT THE PETITION TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT FOR THE PAYPAL, PRIVATE ACC AND GCNW ACC AS THIS WILL BE THE BEST WAY OF ACCOUNTING FOR PUBLIC FUNDS. THE AUDITING BILL WILL BE PAID BY THE ORGANISATION AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DONATED AND VOLUNTEERS WILL BE INVITED FOR A MEETING INORDER TO BE PRESENTED WITH THE FINANCIAL REPORTS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN TRANSPARENCY WHEN DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC FUNDS. TARE’S HOSP BILL IS NOT FULLY PAID, AS SUCH WE NEED EVERY PENNY TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR BECAUSE IT WAS MEANT FOR THE TREATMENT OF THIS INNOCENT GIRL NOT ANY PERSONAL GAIN FOR ANYONE.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME DIRECTLY IF YOU NEED ANY CLARIFICATION BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF EVIDENCE IN MY FILE TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR INVESTIGATIONS.I WILL SUGGEST YOU SPEAK TARE’S AUNTIE MEMORY BEFORE PUBLISHING SOME OF YOUR FACTS BECAUSE SHE WILL TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT TARE’s MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK. MR EDITOR,THE TRUTH WILL ONLY SET US FREE AND THAT IS THE REASON WHY I COMPLETELY DISOCIATED MYSELF WITH BETTY AND I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM EVERYONE THAT IM NO LONGER INVOLVED WITH GCNW AND IM FINALISING EVERYTHING THROUGH THE LEGAL EXPERTS WHO ARE VERY MUCH AWARE OF TARE’s CASE WHICH WAS ACTUALLY RAISED BY A MEMBER OF PUBLIC LIVING IN KENT AND NOT THE TWO VOLUNTEERS.IF ANYONE NEEDS CLARIFICATION, PLIZ FEEL FREE TO CALL ME ANYTIME AND I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.
The editor followed up on the comment by writing an email to Priscilla who then emailed the editor confidential documents and inside correspondence emails together with an invoice showing the total bill of Taremeredzwa’s hospital bill. The initial total of £17 036.00 on the hospital bill tallies with what Betty Makoni initially provided only for the fact that the invoice provided by Priscilla is the very latest final bill generated on 16 December 2009 showing a hospital balance of £3 862 .01. ALL the interview questions below were then generated by the editor after Priscilla Nyathi supplied him with information that is in the hands of the editor.
The first interview with Priscilla 27 December 2009 Clarification on hospital invoice and others
Editor: Ms Nyathi,
Thank you very much. Can you please help with these answers. Ms Nyathi can you please give
the answers in number form.
Editor : Does this mean the hospital is still owed 3 862.01?
Priscilla : YES
Editor : The totals of 2 131.82 and 5 899.17 that adds up to 8 030.99 is this the amount that was paid by Talent from Zimbabwe? (To readers : Talent is Taremeredzwa’s brother in Zimbabwe who paid the hospital deposit straight to the hospital).
Priscilla : TRUE
Editor : So is the 8 030.99 and the 9 000.00 that was paid on 09 December totalling 17 030.99 paying for the 17 036 initial invoice?
Priscilla : TRUE AND I ALSO PAID £1000 MORE TO MAKE IT £10 000 IN TOTAL FROM GCNW ACC.
Editor : Which private account did Betty ask you to deposit the £10 000 when you refused and what was her reason for depositing into that private account?Priscilla : PLEASE REFER TO THE EMAIL THAT I SENT YOU, WHERE SHE CLEARLY SAID I SHOULD DEP THE MONEY TO TARE MUM’s ACC, THIS IS THE NAME THAT SHE USES FOR VIO’s AC BECAUSE TARE’S MUM HAS NEVER OWNED ANY UK ACC AT ALL.(To Readers :TAREMUM’s account is the family account that was used by the Mapungwanas in case well wishers chose to directly deposit funds to them).
Editor : Do you have the email that she wrote to you showing that she wanted to rob NHS of £10 000?
Priscilla : YES I HAVE THE EMAIL THAT SHE WROTE TO TARE. (WILL FORWARD TO YOU) (To readers: At the time of publishing this story no email concerning this issue had been forwarded to us)
Editor : Do you agree that £13 193-43 was raised through Paypal, GCNW bank deposits, Western Union? or is it more than £13 193-43.If more than that, what is the exact amount ? Do you have the proof of the total amount raised through this paypal , GCNW bank deposits, WESTERN UNION, THAT WAS NOT DECLARED BY BETTY ?If you have the evidence please forward the information, because Betty said £13 193-43 was raised.
Priscilla : I DON’T AGREE BECAUSE DONATIONS CONTINUED TO BE PAID IN THE PAYPAL ACC AFTER THE 30/09/09, THAT IS WHY BETTY IS NOT DISCLOSING THE UP TODATE STATEMENTS AND THAT IS WHY I NEED AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION TOO TO PROVE THIS. THE SPREAD SHEET IS ADDING UP TARE’S GIG FUNDS AND TARE’S MUM CASH PAYMENTS UNDER THE GCNW ACC, PLIZ KINDLY REVISIT THE LAST TWO TRANSACTIONS. ALL THE WESTERN UNION FUNDS WERE RCVD IN BETTY’S NAME.N.B For readers (We have since been made aware that Betty had no access to Paypal password but Priscilla and a trustee in USA have access to the paypal account. So we are still to investigate why Priscilla doesn’t agree that the total raised through Paypal, GCNW bank deposits, is not £13 193-43 when Betty has no access to paypal account .It will also be re-investigated on who had access to paypal account and who didn’t have ).
Editor : Are you no longer associated with GCNW as in your message on the website?
Priscilla : THAT’S CORRECT, GCNW LAWYERS WORKING ON THIS.
Thanks for your time. Will wait for your responses.
editor After going through the information forwarded to him by Priscilla Nyathi the editor raised more questions for Priscilla to respond to which have been published below.Ms Nyathi,
Once again thank you so much for all this information am looking at all the information and have a few issues that need clarification from you.
1. There is an amount of £1000-00 that you claim to have paid on top of the £9000-00 you got from GCNW account. It’s not clear. From which account did these funds come from. Does Betty know about this amount?
2. We have information from London. The information says you are withholding blank cheques signed in advance. What is your comment?
3. You also have said you have left GCNW so why delay in submitting cheques to the assigned accountant?
4. Are you willing to supply us with Paypal statements (you have the password for paypal account.) This has been confirmed by Betty to us.
5. There are allegations that you took Betty’s personal cheques. What is your comment?
6. From information you sent I understand that Betty referred to Tare mum’s account and not Vio’s account. Is this the account you refer to as private account?
8. Reliable sources have established that Vio is closely related to Tare and is not a distant person. What is your comment?
9. We have seen a petition on facebook that Tare’s funds were channeled to a private account. Please furnish us with proof of these funds and the account in question?
10. Its understood that you attended a church service and it’s confirmed that you were given £500.00 can you account for this amount in question?
11. From the £2000.00 raised from church you talked about we have information where your signature is available and this was for volunteer allowances and phone bills what is your comment?
12. We have information that all bank statements are received at your house (Address provided) Can we please have the latest ones?
13. Since you have the signed blank cheques with you have you made any payments to anyone without Betty’s knowledge?
Thank you so much for your cooperation in advance.
Instead of responding to the questions outlined above Ms Nyathi wrote the unedited email below to the editor,
“Dear Mr editor
I’m sorry I’m not able to respond to the correspondenses that you sent me last night after 2:00midnight up until 3:30am. I have passed all your concerns raised to the GCNW lawyers who are currently dealing with my case and Betty. As such I’m more than happy to give you their contact details so that you can get all the information that you need about the financial issues and other organisational issues as well as the future for GCNTFUK. Both Betty and Leanne are well aware of the FORMAL LETTER that we received from our lawyers upon Betty’s return from the USA. So this is my last email to you and I would therefore kindly ask you to abstain from sending me any further emails as this might tantamount to harrassment.”
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