Fungai Jachi Court Reporter
Former Government minister Cde Webster Shamu allegedly lost almost $30 000 to a former employee at his WEBCON High Glen Total Service Station.
Willis Nyamusaduka (39) of No. 1994, Whitecliffe, Harare – who was employed as a supervisor at the service station – yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Milton Serima facing theft of trust property charges after allegedly stealing the money.
Nyamusaduka is expected back in court today when his lawyer, Mr John Ndomene, will make a bail application.
Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza opposed bail arguing that Nyamusaduka might interfere with witnesses.
“The accused is not a proper candidate for bail as there are indications that the receipt books were tampered with since the investigations began,” he said. “More so, the accused is likely to abscond and the State cannot take that risk.”
Allegations are that between January 2014 and April 2015, Nyamusaduka received money from fuel attendants and under-banked a total of $29 126 which he converted to his own use.
The court heard that to cover the offence, Nyamusaduka allegedly destroyed all the bank deposit slips and computer-generated receipts, leaving behind the cash register in which he had endorsed the correct amounts banked.
It is the State’s case that the offence only came to light on April 21 this year when Total Zimbabwe, the fuel supplier at WEBCON Total Service Station, advised the company that it was in arrears.
The court heard that the company directors conducted a reconciliation of the cash register, bank deposit slips and computer-generated receipts against a bank printout of the account.
It is alleged that after the reconciliation was done it came to light that $29 126, which was endorsed in the cash register, did not tally with deposits made in the Total Zimbabwe bank account.
Cde Shamu and his wife Constance attended the court session.