A Bulawayo man has been arrested for allegedly stealing 689 kg of kapenta fish worth $4 800 from a woman after promising to pay her for the consignment upon delivery.
Roderick Mahachi (36), was not formally charged when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa on Thursdayy. He was remanded to April 27 on $100 bail.
The State alleges that on June 17 last year, Mahachi flighted an advertisement in the press claiming he was looking for bulk supplies of kapenta fish, saying he was in the business of buying and selling the fish. He also claimed he would make instant payment for the commodity upon delivery.
Tecla Mapuvire, who was in possession of kapenta, saw the advertisement and responded to it.
Mapuvire later met Mahachi at his offices where they agreed on terms of payment.
Mahachi advised her to leave her details for future communication. On June 30, Mahachi phoned Mapuvire advising her to deliver the kapenta after which she allegedly delivered 689kg worth $4 868 to Mahachi’s offices at Parkade Centre in the city centre. She was in the company of her brother-in-law, Julius Musekiwa, and another relative, Giveous Ushe.
After the delivery, Mahachi advised her to come back the following day to collect her payment.
However, the following day she went to his offices but failed to locate Mahachi and could not contact him by phone as his cell phone went unanswered.
Mapuvire reported the matter to the police.
Mahachi was eventually arrested in Harare on March 31.