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Chitungwiza council swindled of over $9 000

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Two Chitungwiza Town Council employees allegedly connived and swindled the local authority of over $9 000.

It is alleged that sometime in June last year, Kennedy Guzha (41), who was employed as a revenue officer, received and altered shop licence fees on the income return forms submitted to him by Pardon Kuzvidza (26).

The two were acting in cahoots.

It is alleged that on June 11 last year Guzha received $1 310 from Kuzvidza meant for shop licences, but altered the figure to read $310 and converted $1 000 to his personal use.

As a revenue officer, Guzha was reportedly the sole holder of the password of altering transactions in the computer systems.

Taking advantage of his responsibility, Guzha allegedly connived with David Mukucha, who is on the run, to defraud council of $6 553 in June last year. The two then shared the proceeds.

It is further alleged that during the same month Kuzvidza received $575 from OK Zimbabwe Chitungwiza branch meant for a shop licence, but the two converted the money to their own use after tampering with figures in the computers.

Between September and October last year, Guzha and Kuzvidza were again alleged to have converted to their use $1 833 that had been paid by ratepayers.

The offence reportedly came to light in July this year during an internal audit where it was discovered that Guzha had manipulated the computing system to fraudulently deprive the town council of revenue.

Guzha and Kuzvidza appeared before Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti but were not asked to plead. They were remanded out of custody on $100 bail each.

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