A GMB Binga Depot supervisor Zebron Hungwe a clerk Gladys Mugande, and a district’s social welfare officer Regret Mudungwe were arrested after they allegedly stole close to 4 tonnes of drought relief maize from the depot, The Chronicle reports.
The trio reportedly connived and forged invoices which they apparently used to divert 74 by 50kg bags of maize from the depot to an unknown place, before claiming that they maize had been delivered to Sunrise Children’s Home at Binga Centre and Kabwe Children’s Home in Pashu within the district.
The matter came to light in court where the 3 stood accused of fraud and theft of trust property. It is the state’s case that:
During the period extending from July to September and at GMB Binga depot, the three accused persons connived and issued out dispatch documents purporting to account for maize issued to Sunrise Children’s Home and Kabwe Children’s Home
Mr Mabhaudi visited Sunrise Children’s Home for investigations and established that no such delivery of maize had been made. The home has a monthly allocation of four bags of maize which its authorities confirmed receiving for the month of August as opposed to 32 bags as alleged through the forged invoices.
Kabwe Children’s Home has a monthly allocation of seven bags of maize contrary to 46 indicated in the fraudulent records by the trio.
The trio was released on bail and investigation are still ongoing at the depot to determine the amount of maize the trio might have stolen.