PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora’s housemaid, Ivy Tandi, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with stealing three laptops from her employer and giving them to her journalist boyfriend.
by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
Tandi (22) was arrested at her parents’ residence in Mabelreign last Saturday after she failed to return to work following the festive season break.
Prosecutor Idah Maromo opposed the granting of bail to Tandi, arguing that she was facing serious charges and was likely to abscond trial if granted bail since she had no fixed address.
According to State papers, sometime between October and December last year, Tandi allegedly stole the three laptops from Dokora’s Borrowdale West house where she worked.
The laptops, identified as Lenovo ThinkPad, Acer and HP models, were allegedly hidden in a laptop bag to evade the security details guarding the premises.
The State further alleged that Tandi passed on the stolen laptops to her boyfriend, who is a journalist at ZBC-TV.
“Upon her arrest, accused implicated Andrew Neshamba as the receiver of all the stolen three laptops which led to his arrest,” the papers read.
Neshamba, however, denied ever receiving the laptops from Tandi.
In his statement to the police, Dokora said he was not sure when he lost his Lenovo laptop since his goods had gone missing sometime in October last year, following his return from a foreign trip.
Dokora said his baggage arrived a week later and was collected by his security personnel from the airport and taken to his residence, but he never checked if all the luggage was still intact.
Tandi, who is being represented by Tina Kadhau, yesterday applied for bail pending trial and presiding magistrate Elijah Makomo is yet to make a ruling.