Five employees of Gushungo Holdings are in court after stealing over $70 000.
Gushungo Holdings’ manager Titus Jack, 42, is jointly charged with Juliet Jombosi, 37, Kudakwashe Ndavara, 24, Tavengwa Katanda, 36 and Lloyd Banda, 34. Jack and his alleged accomplices deny the allegations. He told the police in his statement that he was not involved in the fraud.
The group yesterday approached High Court judge Loice Matanda-Moyo, seeking to be freed on bail after their request was denied by the magistrates’ court.
The State opposed bail on the basis that the suspects are a flight risk and that they are likely to interfere with evidence.
“There is likelihood of more cases of fraud of this nature to be unearthed since an internal audit is still going on at their workplace,” the State said.
Matanda-Moyo could, however, not hear the matter yesterday after the suspects’ lawyer withdrew the application on the basis that it was defective.
According to prosecutor Henry Muringani, the group was arrested following claims that they had prejudiced the First Family’s company of $73 495 between December and February this year.
They reportedly connived with Okay Mataramvura, whom the State claimed was already in custody over the same matter.
Mataramvura, who was a stores and field clerk at Gushungo Holdings, reportedly receipted cash amounting to $132 940. He reportedly altered the quantity of goods sold, before claiming that he had received $59 445.
According to State papers, Mataramvura converted the difference of $73 495 to his own use, which he shared with Jack and his colleagues. Jack claimed he was the whistle blower in the whole saga, which led to Mataramvura’s arrest.
“I am the manager at the work place where the theft occurred. I started working there on May 1 last year and I did not connive with anyone to steal the said money. Cosmas Madangure and I caused the offence to come to light,” he said.