Four government employees in the Chikomba district development co-ordinator (DDC)’s office were hauled before the courts on Thursday on allegations of stealing various items donated to victims of a hailstorm which hit Chivhu in November 2019.
Wadzanai Chikudza, Gertrude Murwa, Gladys Masaire and Farai Mabhunu pleaded not guilty to theft charges when they appeared at the Chivhu Magistrates’ Court before magistrate Batanai Madzingira for the commencement of trial.
They are being represented by lawyer Tafara Nsingo of Nsingo and Associates, and Bothwell Kativhu.
Prosecutor Mike Choto told the court that on November 28 2019, the accused connived to steal second-hand clothes and tents worth $7 600 from a consignment which had been delivered at the DDC’s office from the Department of Civil Protection.
They entered the offices where the goods were kept and allegedly selected items of their choice.
The following day, Murwa filed a police report for a break-in at her office where the donations were kept. Police investigations, however, implicated the four.
Some of the stolen goods worth $181 were found at Murwa and Masaire’s residences.