GMB security guards steal farming inputs


Sharon Chigeza

MUTARE-In a classic case of who will guard the guard, three security guards at the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) in Mutare were last week found guilty of stealing the very items they were supposed to look after and asked to perform community service by a Mutare Magistrate for stealing fertiliser.
The three, who were manning the Pfumvudza/Intwasa fertilisers, were fortunate not to be jailed and will instead perform 280 hours of community service for the offence.
Dakarai Simango (41), Whickway Makocho (36) and Innocent Bhondayi (27) all security guards at GMB hatched a plan to steal 56x50kg compound D fertilizers and 5x10kg synergy 514 maize seed which was stored at the stack yard.
The court heard that the trio engaged the services of Innocent Bhondayi (27) who is employed as a general hand at the premises as well as an unemployed Barnwell Mhlanga who was tasked with the duty of looking for buyers for the loot.
The five appeared before Mutare magistrate Langton Carter charged with theft as defined in Section 113(1).
It was the State’s case led by Loice Kadenha that on October 25 Meki Collen (47) who is employed as the Supply Chain Manager at GMB, Mutare depot, discovered that the stacks had been tampered with whilst he was taking stock.
“At around 7.30 am on October 25, Meki in the company of Allen Makumba went out to carry routine checks on their stock. Upon arriving at the stack yard they discovered that stack number one which contained Windmill Compound D fertilisers had been tampered with and this prompted them to carry out a stock-take together with Makumba and stack builder, Enock Pafiwa,” said Kadenha.
It was after the stock take exercise that the trio discovered 56×50 kg bags of Windwill Compound D fertilisers and 5x10kg synergy 514 maize seed missing. Meki then suspected Simango, Makocho and Mushambi who were on duty the day they discovered the missing bags.
A police report was made leading to the arrest of the suspects.
The total value of stolen goods amounted to ZWL $1 764 300.00 with recovered property worth ZWL $1 749 000.00
The trio was convicted on their own plea and were ordered to restitute Grain Marketing Board ZWL$15 300 before the end of November whilst undertaking 280 hours of community service.

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