FIVE Harare men were arraigned before magistrate Dennis Mangosi for allegedly stealing maize worth US$135 550 from their employer.
Hebert Katiyo (48), Albert John (39), Johnson Gonera (42), Francis Murambasvina (31) and Anyway Kanawa (38) were granted $200 000 bail each and told to return on June 8.
The complainant, a Zimbabwean registered company which produces porridge, Mahewu and mealie-meal, is represented by Thomas Lawley Eager, who is the director of the company.
The accused persons are all employees of the company.
Allegations are that during the period extending from May 2022, the accused persons hatched a plan to steal raw materials used by the company to produce powder for making porridge and Mahewu.
The accused persons reportedly took advantage of the absence of the management during the night or weekends to load various amounts of raw materials which includes maize, soya and sugar into a motor vehicle belonging to one of the accused.
The accused persons then shared the proceeds among themselves
On June 1, 2022, complainant received a total of 877 tonnes of maize from their supplier RSG Superfeed as raw material to produce their products.
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On February 2, 2023, the complainant conducted a stock take and discovered that there was only 96 tonnes of maize left in their stock and 347 tonnes of maize was missing.
A police report was made, leading to the arrest of the accused.
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