Jailed aviation official appeals against sentence

HARARE - A High Court judge has reserved ruling in an Aviation Ground Services (AGS) finance and administration director’s appeal against a four-year prison term.

Ketias Zingunzi, who has already served the better part of the sentence was jailed in February last year, after being convicted on 66 counts of theft and 70 counts of fraud committed between February 2010 and May 2011.

AGS is a company that specialises in aircraft loading and offloading.

Harare regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire slapped Zingunzi with a four-year jail term and suspended two years on condition of good behaviour in the next five years.

A further one-and-a-half years were suspended on condition Zingunzi pays back his former employer $18 388 on or before March 31. He was left with an effective six-month jail term.

Justice Charles Hungwe yesterday reserved judgment in the appeal.

Zingunzi was convicted after the State successfully proved he misrepresented to AGS’s chief accountant Calvin Bepe on several occasions that he had authority to get money from the company coffers since 2010.

He demanded petty cash without Caleb Mudyawabikwa, the company managing director’s authority.

The court was told the chief accountant discovered that certain amounts had been deducted from the company’s entertainment account and posted to repairs and maintenance account, yet the company made no vehicle repairs during the time.

According to court papers, the company’s entertainment account balance had been emptied.

When the chief accountant discovered the anomaly, he advised the company directors who in turn instructed Mudyawabikwa to investigate the matter.

It was discovered that Zingunzi had unlawfully taken petty cash.

It was later discovered he had used some of the money to pay his personal bills, including an account with Falcon Golf Club. - Tendai Kamhungira

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