PROMINENT Kwekwe Businessman Shepard Tundiya on Thursday appeared before Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube facing charges of attempting to defeat the course of justice.
The charges against Tundiya emanate from accusations that he had tried to influence the withdrawal by Goddard of charges against some members of the parliamentary portfolio on mining.
Prosecutor Michael Reza alleged that in December last year, Goddard was approached by Tundiya with the view that he withdraw charges against four members of the National Assembly for demanding US$400 000 bribe from proceeds of the Hwange Colliery contract granted to Goddard.
During trial on Thursday, Tundiya pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to defeat the course of justice levelled against him by businessperson Goddard.
In his defence, Tundiya said the meeting between him and Goddard at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe offices where the complainant alleges intimations to have charges against him withdrawn was only meant to confirm the status of the Hwange Colliery contract awarded to Goddard.
The case was moved to September 24 for continuation.