Employee allegedly steals $29,000 from ex-minister Shamu

THE supervisor of a fuel service station owned by former ICT minister Webster Shamu’s has been dragged before the Harare magistrate’s courts charged with stealing $29,000 from the business.

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Webster Shamu 

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Willis Nyamusaduka, 39, was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Milton Serima on Monday.

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The case was deferred to Tuesday for trial.

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According to the state, Nyamusaduka’s job involved collecting money from Webcon Total Service Station fuel attendants and banking it in the Total Zimbabwe’s account.

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However from sometime in 2014 to April 2015, he allegedly collected and underbanked a total of $29,126 which he converted to his own use.

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To cover up the offence, Nyamusaduka allegedly destroyed all bank deposit slips and computer generated receipts leaving just the cash register in which he had endorsed the correct amounts as banked.

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The theft came to light on April 21 this year when Shamu was advised by fuel supplier Total Zimbabwe that the Webcon Total Service Station account was in arrears.

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Shamu’s wife, Constance who is also a director, then conducted a reconciliation of cash register bank deposit slips and computer generated receipts against a bank print out of the account in question.

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She discovered that a total of $29,126 which was endorsed in the cash register was not matching deposits made in the Total Zimbabwe bank account.

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A report was later made to the police, leading to the arrest of Nyamusaduka on 30 April.

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Shamu is one of the cabinet members sacked by President Robert Mugabe over allegations they were part of a coup plot by then vice president Joice Mujuru.

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The minister is also said to be the top official accused by Mugabe’s wife Grace of importing million dollars’ worth of Zanu PF regalia from China for re-sale to party supporters when the material is supposed to be given out for free. – NewZim