A jobless villager has duped Buhera MP Joseph Chinotimba  of $11 400 and US$360 in cash.

Washington Goche of Goche Village in Buhera claimed to Chinotimba that he was a cross border trader who could get goods for him.

Masvingo Mirror reports that Chinotimba left a packed Murambinda Magistrates Court in stitches when he told magistrate Dennis Mangosi that “ndakatambwa chadonha."

The con started when Chinotimba had a broken down Toyota Hilux and Goche offered to assist him get injectors for the car from South Africa. Goche was given the money but disappeared and only re-emerged after the case had been reported to the Police.

Chinotimba said he was embarrassed when Goche’s uncle laughed at him and told him that Goche was not a cross border trader but a well known fraudster who has several pending criminal cases in South Africa.

The court was told that Goche offered to pay Chinotimba back the money after the Police report but said he will only pay in bond notes arguing that this was the legal tender.

“When I refused this offer, he told me that mari yako uchaiwanira muguva (you will get your money from the grave),” said Chinotimba.

Goche has refuted the allegations but is offering to pay back Chinotimba’s money. The case continues.