Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s son and non-executive director of Choppies Zimbabwe, Siqokoqela (40) was charged with 170 counts of fraud on Friday after allegedly making unauthorised cash pick-ups of up to $52,000 from their retail outlets.
He was not asked to plead when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sithembiso Ncube who remanded him to September 14 on $200 bail. Last week, his wife, Nomagugu (36), was charged with 49 counts of extortion and is accused of swiping-for-cash at 15 supermarkets and threatening to have managers of Indian origin fired if they did not give her cash, which is scarce in Zimbabwe. They are both represented by Professor Welshman Ncube of Mathonsi Law Chambers.
As a non-executive director, Siqokoqela was only entitled to a gross salary of $10,000 per month, his children’s school fees in full, a company vehicle, monthly fuel for the company vehicle, 3.53 percent of profits after tax as divided at the end of each year and a telephone allowance. However, on various occasions, Siqokoqela, without board authority or agreement with any of the shareholders or directors allegedly proceeded to various Choppies Zimbabwe supermarkets and demanded cash, goods or services to the value of $51,945.53.