Mphoko Family Accused Of Looting Cash From Choppies Shops Without Board Approval

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Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s family is being accused of “looting” cash from Choppies outlets countrywide without board approval.

Mphoko’s son, Siqokoqela who is a director for Nanavac Investments Private Limited, a local partner for the Botswana-registered Choppies Distribution Centre (Proprietary) Limited. Mphoko is accused of abusing his power to “loot” cash realised from sales at different supermarkets and replacing it with transfers. Another family member identified as Ms Nomagugu Mphoko is also accused of approaching various shops demanding cash.

According to Choppies chief executive Mr Ramachandran Ottapathu, the two are using threats of deportation on Choppies employees. Ottapathuhas approached the High Court seeking to bar the Mphoko family from taking money from the business and harassing workers. Mr Mphoko and Ms Mphoko have been listed as respondents in an urgent interdict filed at the High Court this week. In his founding affidavit Ottapathu says Mr Mphoko has embezzled $45 258 and has also extended himself unauthorised lines of credit, which have seen him misappropriating the company’s stocks and fuel amounting to $6 687,06. He has also transferred $7 000 from the company for his personal use. Ms Mphoko, who is not a director or employee of Choppies, is said to have demanded and collected $30 230 cash from various outlets in Zimbabwe.

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Choppies Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean operation of Botswana Stock Exchange-listed supermarket retail chain Choppies. Choppies Zimbabwe is owned by Nanavac Investment (Pvt) Ltd which is itself owned 51% by Siqokoqela Mphoko (son to former Zimbabwe vice president Phelekezela Mphoko) to and 49% the Botswana stock... Read More About Choppies Zimbabwe

The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court... Read More About High Court

Phelekezela Mphoko was the vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and former secretary of the Zanu-PF party. Mphoko was appointed to this position by Robert Mugabe on 10 December 2014. The other vice president appointed at the same time as him is Emmerson Mnangagwa... Read More About Phelekezela Mphoko

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