CHIKOMBA – Dismissed Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC) health executive officer Solomon Taruvinga (50) of Northwood in Chivhu has been given a three-month jail term after being convicted of theft for stealing $50.
Chivhu Resident Magistrate, Story Rushambwa set aside the sentence on condition that Taruvinga paid a fine of $100. The sentence was also suspended for five years on condition that Taruvinga does not commit a similar offence during that period.
Taruvinga faced theft charges as defined in Section 113 (2) (d) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.
The complainant in the matter was Chikomba RDC, represented by its treasurer, Hophine Mupamhadzi.
It was the State case that on December 20, last year, Taruvinga was at Mbiru Clinic, in Mahusvu area, Chivhu where he received $50 from Seresina Magumise who works at the Clinic.
Taruvinga was supposed to surrender the money at Chikomba RDC but he did not do as agreed; instead he converted the money to his own use.
The matter was discovered by Warren Ratidzai Kutandarerwa, an internal auditor at the Council on March 6 and a report was made to the Police leading to the arrest of Taruvinga.