A MUTARE-based Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company employee was on Thursday hauled before Mutare magistrate facing charges of stealing $76 000.
Alfred Zivanai Mukarakate (45) who is employed as an administrator by ZETDC in Mutare appeared before magistrate Sekai Chiundura
for initial remand and was remanded out of custody to January 19 on $500 bail.
He was also ordered to surrender his travelling documents, report thrice a week at Mutare Central Police station and to continue residing at his given address as part of his bail conditions.
Circumstances in the matter are that on an unknown date, but during the end of 2012, ZETDC Mutare contracted Hollands estate agents to take over management of their Jotali Building in the eastern border city.
The agreement was that Hollands estate agents would collect monthly rentals from all the tenants occupying the building and then bank it at ZEDTC, Mega Watt’s Mutare Banking Hall.
Sometime in June 2013, the accused is alleged to have hatched a plan to steal his employer’s money in which he verbally instructed Hollands Estate Agents to remit the monthly rentals from Jotali Building direct to him.
However, that decision was contrary to the agreement between Hollands and the complainant.
The State alleges that from the period extending from January 1 to November 30 this year, Mukarakate received various amounts and signed for it as proof.
The State further alleged that he converted the money to his own personal use.
The offence came to light during a reconciliation of the Jotali Building rentals account prompting ZETDC to make a police report.
Investigations were carried out leading to the arrest of Mukarakate and the recovery of the Hollands Estate Agents cash summary statements which the accused allegedly signed upon collection of the cash.
The total value of lost money is $76 313, 90 and nothing was recovered.
Cuthbert Bhosha prosecuted.