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Published: August 24, 2009
LONDON(ZimEye)As Zimbabwe’s shipment scandals are exposed, another Zimbabwe Cargo company has been found swindling a Zimbabwean church of goods worth £13000. The company’s owner, one Richard Semba of London, United Kingdom has been ignoring inquiry phone calls from his clients who are members of God’s Glory church from Oxford, while providing fake delivery documentation.
In August last year, the church sent goods worth more than £13000 to their Zimbabwe missions projects. However, to this date, a year later, the goods are nowhere to be found.
Mr Semba claims that the goods are now on African mainland and are on their way to Zimbabwe via road. A bill of lading, MOLU8 08533246 reported to be relating to the shipment has been found to be fake after verification with authorities in Durban, South Africa.
After ‘informing’ the church’s representative, Sam Tengwana and providing a Zimbabwe phone number, the person answering the call in Zimbabwe reported saying that the alleged bill of lading number was fake, being more than a year before-old and also stated that he had not dealt with Semba for more than one and a half years.
In another shocking twist ZimEye reveals that Semba himself has said in his own words that his financial problems caused him to make hasty decisions. In a teletext communiqe’ in possession of the ZimEye, Semba says:
‘Finance sometimes make a person make hasty decisions. This container has given me a hard time. The airfreight side has gone down due to the recession…,’ he adds.
To add to the frustration, Sam Tengwana was told your goods are now in Zimbabwe, upon which time he quickly flew to Harare, only to find that the shipment was nowhere in the country. Also the wagon numbers Semba provided were also fake.
After other promises, two other clients who have chosen to have their names kept secret, flew to Harare hoping to find their goods, only to discover that they had travelled in vain. A few other of Semba’s customers were also tricked in the same manner and have now landed their teeth into the dust as Semba continues to provide new explanations on the ever changing whereabouts of their goods.
In July, Semba made a shocking admission stating for the first time that he had never sent the goods to Zimbabwe in the first place and would now do so. In the church shipment were musical instruments, keyboards and other church equipment which shipment the businessman still cannot produce a bill of lading for. His company, named after his first name, Richard Freight operates an informal backoffice run only by himself and his wife whose UK company registration is 05690292 and unlike disgraced connman, Nembaware’s Zim Cargo, has no website to this date having been incorporated in the UK companies records on 27 January 2006. The company’s land line 02087592727 is also never answered.
The company’s white van (above) roams around the streets of Britain as gullible customers wait to sink their goods into its ‘bottomless pit’. A bitter lawsuit against Semba is underway. Details of the company are below
RICHARD FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL LTD,45 CLEVEDON GARDENS,CRANFORD,MIDDLESEX TW5 9TT,TEL07867535456, (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)