Mai Titi drags business partner to court
12 July 2018
..Claims he demanded sex
Controversial comedienne Felistus Murata, popularly known as Mai Titi, yesterday hauled her ‘business partner’ to court for allegedly stealing property she had entrusted to him and unlawfully accessing her social media handles.
The 24-year-old man, Jeremiah Kanjanga pleaded not guilty before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko.
It is the State’s case that on a date which Murata cannot recall, Kanjanga violated a trust agreement which required him to collect two laptops and exchange them with one good laptop on her behalf.
In the second count, it is alleged that Kanjanga hacked Murata’s Facebook account and copied data without her consent.
The State led by Dorah Moyo opened its case by leading the evidence of its only witness Murata who testified that she got to know Kanjanga through Facebook.
“He approached me through Facebook saying that he had a TV station and we agreed to work together, so because he knows much about technology he indicated that my laptops were not working so I gave him permission to swap with a working laptop.
“He took them, I don’t know where, and I continuously asked him about it till I discovered that he had sold them. I also discovered that the station he claimed to have was non-existent.
“He was now staying in my house and was making sexual advances towards me, texting me endlessly requesting sex. I declined and began feeling uncomfortable around him.
“This prompted me to dismiss him from my house; that was when he began to blackmail me. He had my Facebook password and he was threatening to publish my intimate communication
“I can bring screenshots,” said Mai Titi.
She went on to claim that she knew it was him because he would hack in people’s accounts when he was still residing with her.
When asked in what capacity he was staying in her house, she said he was her brother.
In his defence outline, Kanjanga indicated that he started working with Mai Titi when she launched her talk show after contacting her through Facebook.
“We worked well on the talk show and I was working as a kombi driver at a crèche in Hillside till she asked me to quit my job because I was not doing her tasks on time and she would give me the same amount I was earning.
“I was instructed to go and collect the two laptops which were malfunctioning from one Lloyd. I was now residing with her, so I took them as per her request and exchanged them for a single functioning laptop and topped with my phone.
“I don’t know which network access she is referring to because I did not hack into her accounts as I was solely responsible for uploading her skits on Facebook; so she gave me the passwords during the seven months we stayed together.
“She did not give me any salary because she indicated that she was responsible for my upkeep,” testified Kanjanga.
The matter was remanded to July 17.