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Accountant charged with stealing village head salaries


KWEKWE – An accountant at the Kwekwe District Administrator’s (DA) office is in trouble after he allegedly stole money from the Local Government ministry which was meant for village heads’ salaries.

Gibson Bumhira (30) appeared before Kwekwe magistrate Letwin Rwodzi, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of theft of $6 830 from the DA’s office which was meant for salaries for an undisclosed number of village heads in Kwekwe District.

Prosecutor Innocent Muchini told the court the offence was discovered on July 27 at a time the DA, Tenpercent Mutikizizi, was due for leave and was handing over control to his assistant John Takavarasha, during which process it was discovered $13 700 89 was missing.

This discovery resulted in Provincial Administrator Cecilia Chitiyo instituting an internal audit which confirmed $5 795 meant for village heads’ salaries for the period May 2010 to July this year had disappeared.

Bumhira is alleged to have further deposited less amounts of the receipted cash to the tune of $1 035 which he also converted to his own use.

Bumhira was remanded out of custody to September 13 for trial on $100 bail with stringent reporting conditions.

“You are ordered to stay at your given address and to report once every fortnight to Kwekwe Criminal Investigation Department until the matter is finalised,” ruled Rwodzi.

Bumhira was represented by Vengesai Masvaya.

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