Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
Three Orchid Gardens employees were yesterday dragged to court after they stole various equipment worth $1 million.
The suspects Mind Makona, 32, Tempson Dhauramanzi, Paul Pious Ndlovu and Edmore Huni were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga.
Makona is employed as a guard at Orchid gardens and resides at Tama Farm in Shamva while Ndlovu and Dhauramanzi are employed by the Zimbabwe National Army and are deployed at Orchid Gardens.
The complainant is Orchid Gardens represented by Ernest Saunza who is a Staff sergeant at the Zimbabwe National Army and resides at HQ Presidential Guard.
Allegations are that on February 10, the three employees reported for duty and everything was in order and the following morning, Ndlovu discovered that a 10000 litre tank had been stolen and a police report was made but investigations led to Makona’s arrest.
The State alleges that searches were done in his room and the police discovered.
3 by 6 meter cream table cloths, and shin he was interviewed he implicated Dhauramanzi and Ndlovu to be the ones who had stolen the property from the warehouse.
Follow ups led to the two’s arrest and they led to the discovery of cement, carpets sewing machines, chairs, plates, wine glasses from Nomatter Sithole who is Makona’s girlfriend.
The value stolen goods is $1 6200 000 and $650 000 was recovered.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.