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    ZIMRA Beitbridge employee in court for theft



    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE - A ZIMRA revenue specialist has appeared at the Beitbridge Magistrates Court facing charges of stealing commodities impounded by the authority from travelers crossing the border from South Africa.
    Owen Chiparausha (41) is employed at the State warehouse and was arraigned before Magistrate Trevor Nyatsanza on Tuesday last after allegedly stealing confiscated goods worth $508,94.
    He is alleged to have committed the crime together with his workmate Dumisani Dube who is still at large.
    Chiparausha was granted $150 bail and was ordered to report to the Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesdays and Fridays until his trial which kicks off on October 10, 2018.
    Chiparausha stays in the high density suburb of Dulibadzimu.
    The accused whose duties include accounting for confiscated goods is currently on bail pending his appeal against his conviction and sentence on rape case involving a clearing agent. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in June last year.
    Chiparausha is represented by Jabulani Mzinyathi of Masawi and Partners.
    The complainant in the matter is ZIMRA, Beitbridge being represented by Crispen Mwarira (41), the Administration officer.
    It is the State case that on September 15, this year, at around 9am, Chiparausha had the responsibility of conveying officially confisticated goods from Anti-Smuggling warehouse at Bhadharai to Southgate warehouse for safekeeping.
    The accused person acting in connivance with his workmate Dube, who is still at large allegedly stole 18 boxes of Sona bath soap each containing 60x 300grams pieces of soap; 8 boxes of Maq washing powder each containing 8x 2 kgs packets of washing powder and 4 boxes of Surf Superbright and each containing 8x2 kgs of the washing powder.
    The goods were loaded into a ZIMRA MazdaT-35 truck with registration number ABA 7420 and instead of taking them to Southgate warehouse, they took them to Mutsa Guest Lodge at Dulibadzimu where they left them in the custody of Christopher Sumburero.
    The complainant discovered the offense and reported it to the Police and information was received which led to the recovery of the stolen goods and arrest of the accused person.
    All the stolen goods valued at $508.94were recovered.
    Nomathemba Sayi prosecuted.

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