Soldiers Steal Property Worth US$1.6m From VP Chiwenga’s Farm

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga lost property worth $1.6 million after two members of the Presidential Guard and their two alleged accomplices ransacked his Orchid Gardens farm located in Domboshava, a court heard on Monday.

Tempson Dhauramanzi and Paul Ndhlovu both aged 30, who are attached to the Zimbabwe National Army Presidential Guard, and Mind Makona (32) a resident at Chiwenga’s property, and Edmore Huni of Hatcliffe, appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga.

The quartet was remanded in custody to today for bail application.

The complainant in the property theft case was cited as Ernest Sazunza, a staff sergeant at the Zimbabwe National Army.

Prosecutors allege that on February 10 this year, Dhauramanzi, Ndhlovu and Makona reported for duty, but on the following morning, Makona discovered that a 10 000-litre tank was missing after they had carried out perimeter fence checks.

Makona advised Sazunza of the development, and the latter reported the matter at Borrowdale Police Station.

Police investigations led to the arrest of Dhauramanzi, who implicated Ndhlovu and Makona and two other accused persons, still at large.

10 bags of cement, a floor carpet, four sewing machines and two satchels were recovered from Huni’s residence.

Two boxes containing eight folding plastic chairs, brick force, a wheel spanner, two butchery cranes, four wheelbarrows, 11 table cloths were also recovered from Ndhlovu and Makona.

Dhauramanzi’s girlfriend, Nomatter Sithole, was found in possession of Chiwenga’s 16 dinner plates and three wine glasses.

Sazunza positively identified the stolen property worth $1 million as belonging to Chiwenga.

More: NewsDay

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