GMB man­ager, wife ar­rested

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Mid­lands Bureau

A GRAIN Mar­ket­ing Board (GMB) Gweru de­pot man­ager and his wife have been ar­rested for fraud af­ter they al­legedly trans­ferred over $25 000 into the de­pot’s ac­count be­fore de­mand­ing the same amount in cash.

Lazarus Vhen­gere and his wife Tanat­siwa Mun­yanyiwa ap­peared be­fore Gweru mag­is­trate Mr Progress Mu­randu last week for ini­tial re­mand.

Vhen­gere is fac­ing two counts of crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice and fraud while his wife, Mun­yanyiwa, is fac­ing one count of fraud.

The cou­ple pleaded not guilty to the charges and was re­manded out of cus­tody on $50 bail each to Jan­uary 30.

The State is al­leg­ing that dur­ing a pe­riod ex­tend­ing from Septem­ber 2017 to Novem­ber last year, Vhen­gere as GMB Gweru de­pot man­ager to­gether with his wife hatched a plan to de­fraud the de­pot.

The cou­ple al­legedly mis­rep­re­sented to GMB Gweru de­pot that Mun­yanyiwa had bought GMB prod­ucts worth $25 344.26, an amount she al­legedly trans­ferred into the de­pot bank ac­count in ex­change for cash.

It is the State case that be­cause of Vhen­gere’s al­leged con­duct, Gweru GMB de­pot suf­fered a prej­u­dice of its good cor­po­rate governance as the cou­ple took the hard cash and re­placed with a trans­fer.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of the cou­ple.

Mr Regi­nald Chi­dawanyika ap­peared for Vhen­gere and Tanat­siwa while Ms Na­mati­rai Madzudzu ap­peared for the State.

In an un­re­lated mat­ter, a 26-year-old tra­di­tional healer from Zvisha­vane has been sen­tenced to 20 years in prison for ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault on two chil­dren from a home he had gone to ex­or­cise evil spir­its.

Ta­tenda Masi­iwa of Ma­glas, Zvisha­vane ap­peared be­fore Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa fac­ing two counts of ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault.

Masi­iwa was con­victed af­ter a full trial against his own plea of not guilty.

Mrs Msipa sen­tenced him to 20 years but he will serve 17 years af­ter three years of his sen­tence were sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

It was the State case that on count one and on Oc­to­ber 18 last year around 9pm, Masi­iwa was in­vited to the com­plainants’ homestead to ex­or­cise evil spir­its.

The fol­low­ing day, Masi­iwa in­vited the first com­plainant (13) to ac­com­pany him to his homestead where he sodomised him the whole night be­fore giv­ing him $200 to con­ceal the act.

On Oc­to­ber 24, Masi­iwa re­turned to the homestead and was told to sleep in the same room with the sec­ond ac­cused (16) whom he sodomised once be­fore the boy fled.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice lead­ing to his ar­rest.

Mr Kelvin Gu­veya ap­peared for the State.

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