MDC Alliance Makokoba Constituency legislator, James Sithole, has appeared before Bulawayo Magistrate’s court facing charges of embezzling more than US$4 000 and R10 000 belonging to a local burial society he chaired.
Sithole is jointly charged with Jacob Manyange, Raymond Gombedza, all from Makokoba suburb and Manyara Muzamani of Cowdray Park.
It is alleged that the four diverted to their personal use R10 000 and also squandered which belonged to Makokoba Burial Society founded in 2010 by MDC party supporters in the constituency to assist members during funerals
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The US$4 250 had just been restituted by the Society treasurer, Ms Margaret Sibindi following her conviction and sentence for stealing the coffers of the burial society.
The court heard that after Sibindi had paid back the money through the Clerk of Court at the Bulawayo Magistrate’s Court, Manyange went to the Clerk of Court at Tredgold building where he signed for the money and took the cash which he and the co-accused converted to personal use.
Meanwhile, Sithole has denied the accusations saying that the allegations were an attempt by his political opponents to soil his image after he defeated them in last year’s elections.
The accused were remanded out of custody to January 9 for the continuation of trial.
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