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    Gang ‘steals’ diesel from Econet boosters in Buhera


    NYASHA MUSAMBASI

    BUHERA - Three men from Hatcliff in Harare were arrested for allegedly stealing diesel from Econet Wireless and Telecel Zimbabwe Ltd boosters in Buhera.
    Some 580 litres valued at $1 400 were stolen from Econet while $574 worth of diesel was stolen from Telecel. Econet also suffered further costs from damages and repairs valued at $875. Econet is being represented by Honest Masinire (42).
    Telecel Zimbabwe Ltd is being represented by Tamburai Mangwiro.
    Yuwadi Phiri (50) of 1138 Concortium, Hatcliff Harare, Sydney Mazorodze (29) of 2063 Kukura Kuroja, Hatcliff Harare and Langton Maseka (27) of 6216 Hatcliff Extension Harare appeared before Murambinda Magistrate Glymax Kuhudzai facing two counts of theft.  
    Phiri, Mazorodze and Maseka pleaded not guilty to the charges.
    On March 15, 2009 and at around 2am at Gombe Mountain in Buhera, the three accused persons unlawfully siphoned 400 litres of diesel from an Econet Wireless booster.
    The gang used a Toyota Ace to proceed to the booster generator where they broke the generator tank fuel cap and siphoned 400 litres using a hose pipe.
    The trio was seen by Simbarashe Chakanetsa a NetOne Booster security guard who approached the vehicle and they three drove away loaded with drums and plastic containers. Chakanetsa did not waste time and he alerted villagers who woke up and blocked the road with stones and logs but the truck did not stop as it bumped over the barricades and managed to bypass them.
    Chakanetsa then informed the police who manned a roadblock and arrested the accused persons. The truck was searched by police and they discovered that the vehicle was loaded with 4 by 200 litres empty drums, 9 by 30 litres plastic containers and 7 by 30 litres plastic containers with diesel.
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