Milling firm swindled $10 000

HARARE - Two men who swindled a flour milling firm of $10 000 intended for employees’ salaries have been arraigned before the Harare Magistrates Court.

Brian Tandi, 33 and Cleopas Simeyi, 32 yesterday appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma for stealing from Muga Foods Private Limited.

They are facing theft of trust property charges.

The court heard that sometime last year, the duo together with Danmore Mudzongo and Paul Manatsa, who are part of the firm’s workers’ committee, took a salary petition to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions ZCTU) on behalf of the firm’s employees.

According to state papers, the company agreed to pay them a collective $42 166 after the petition.

It is alleged that Muga Foods managed to pay $10 000 to the workers through the labour union on August 8.

The money was handed to Tandi and Simeyi who pocketed the cash instead of sharing it with other employees.

Magistrate Tshuma freed them on $200 bail and they will be back in court on September 12.

They were ordered to reside at their given addresses and to report to the police once every week as part of bail conditions.

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