LUPANE — A former Kusile Rural District Council (RDC) employee implicated in a
$1 920 fraud case involving council funds was yesterday issued with a warrant of arrest after he absconded court.
Mpendulo Manga is now employed by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in Harare.
He is being jointly charged with former Sports and Recreation Commission co-ordinator Permanent Sibanda, Kusile RDC revenue clerk Mandla Moyo and Jabulani Sibanda, a bookkeeper with the local authority.
The State alleges the officials connived to collect rentals from people staying in council houses and converted the money to their own use.
It is the State case that sometime between June 2010 and July 2011, Sibanda and Moyo collected $1 920 and converted it to their own use.
The officials have, however, denied the fraud charge.
Lupane magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba issued a warrant of arrest for Manga and remanded the case to June 8.
The case has been pending since last July and the four are out of custody on free bail.
Last month, Kusile RDC chief executive officer Mhlaseli Mpofu told the court that the alleged fraud was discovered during an internal audit.