23 October 2018
Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Sylvester Maunganidze was duped of US$15000 by former his former employee he had entrusted with his card and pin code.
Whilst giving his evidence as a complainant before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, Maunganidze said his employee Simbarashe Mushambira took $15000 instead of $3000.
“I left Simbarashe with my bank card on May 22 this year, he is my employee so the agreement was that he gets $3000 cash for me which I needed to pay my workers.
“So I instructed him to go around supermarkets in Masvingo and negotiate with individuals buying in cash so that he buys for them using swipe and then get the cash.
“He did not make the transactions until the 29th of May when my phone sent me a massage that $15000 had been withdrawn in batches of $5000.
“I called the bank to stop the transaction but it was too late because the money had already been withdrawn.
“When I contacted him, he then told me that the bank card was stolen and that was how I got him arrested,” he said.
Maunganidze also dismissed in court claims by Harare lawyer Job Sikhala, who was representing the second accused that he was involved in money laundering.
“I was not involved in any illegal foreign currency dealings, all I wanted was to get $3000 cash by negotiating to swipe for individuals who were interested with buying groceries.
“I don’t know if he (Simbarashe) then exchanged the money illegally but the instruction I gave him was legal,” he said.
Magistrate Mugwagwa deferred the matter to November 2.