Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
A Ruwa man was dragged to court yesterday accused of theft of trust property after he reportedly received US$21000 for Covid-19 supplies which he later failed to supply.
The suspect Tarwirwa Rusere 32, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko who remanded him in custody to today for bail considerations.
The complainant is Nosimilo Mavela 29 and the court heard that in March this year, Mavela was advised by her friend Mellisa Gaza that she had been approached by Rusere who told her that Tongaat Hullets wanted Covid-19 test kits.
Gaza knew that Mavela had the capacity to supply and after being given Rusere’s number, Mavela had started communicating with him and he sent her a purchase ordered that had been origionated by Tongaat Hullets in Chiredzi.
Upon sight of the purchase ordered, Mavela became sure that the company was in need of the supplies and she entered into an agreement with Rusere that he was going to supply 3000 Covid-19 test kits on Mavela’s behalf at a price of US$7 each.
The court heard that Rusere was to remit US$21 000 or ZWL$2 847 000 as proceeds of the sale to Mavela after she was told that the payments will be made after seven days from the date of delivery but after the lapse of the seven days, Rusere became evasive giving several excuses about handing over the money.
Mavela filed a police report after Rusere failed to account for the money.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.