THREE workers at Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Brandford Farm in Kwekwe recently landed themselves in trouble after they allegedly stole and sold 10 tonnes of maize grain to an unidentified buyer.
The suspects — Isaiah Mugavazi (43), Peter Goredema (26) and Tinashe Dube (27) — allegedly stole the grain worth $2 800 during harvesting between April and May this year.
The three last Thursday appeared before Kwekwe magistrate Taurai Manwere facing theft charges and were remanded in custody to June 24 after they failed to raise the $100 bail which the court had granted them.
Mnangagwa’s younger brother, Patrick Mnangagwa, who is the farm manager, was cited as the complainant in the matter.
It is the State’s case that Goredema, who was employed as a tractor driver, teamed up with his supervisor Mugavazi and loaded the maize into a trailer before driving to a nearby bush.
“They offloaded the maize in the bush and packed the 10 tonnes in sacks which had been provided by Dube. The maize was sold to an unknown buyer who was driving a white pick-up — registration unknown — and nothing was recovered,” part of the State outline read.
Mugavazi is alleged to have been the chief architect after having linked up with the unknown buyer at Muwandi Shopping Centre some two kilometres from Mnangagwa’s farm.
Their lawyer Charles Chigomere confirmed that his clients were still in custody as they were failing to raise the bail money.