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Traffic officers face $42 000 theft charge

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Two police officers from the Trafficsection last week appeared before a Harare magistrate facing theft charges for allegedly converting over $42 000 in deposit fines to their use.

Collins Munyumi (54) and Leonard Hlatini (42) were not asked to plead when they appeared before magistrate Don Ndirowei who granted them $100 bail each, with conditions not to interfere with witnesses and to continue residing at their given addresses until the conclusion of their case.

The matter was postponed to January 25 for routine remand.

The state represented by prosecutor Svodai Kadivirire alleged that the accused persons committed the offence between September and December last year.

Munyumi and Hlatini are based at the ZRP Harare Traffic Section responsible for depositing Z69J fines to the provincial finance clerk as retention funds.

The state alleges that during the period in question, the accused received $24 825 and $15 100 respectively from the Z69J receipt books which they were supposed to compile as retention funds with the provincial finance clerk.

Further accusations are that instead of processing the funds for banking the accused connived and unlawfully converted the money to their own use.

The offence was however said to have been discovered by Officer in Charge, Chief Inspector Chihure, on January 10 when he was conducting checks on Z69J receipt books.

Inspector Chihure was said to have lodged a complaint with the CID Serious Frauds Section, leading to the arrest to Munyumi and Hlatini.

Investigations revealed that Hlatini had invested $2 500 at Dericos Private Ltd, a company which deals in gold mining.

The money invested by Hlatini was believed to have been recovered from Haabvunzwi Percy Chidavanyika, the director of Dericos.

The total amount alleged to have been stolen is $42 250 and only $2 500 was recovered.

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