Maids allegedly blew $700 000 on houses, cars

HARARE - Three maids who allegedly stole $700 000 from their employer blew the cash on cars and houses, a Harare magistrate has heard.

Robert Mumanikidzwa, the investigating officer in the matter said the trio acquired several properties using the stolen money.

The trial of the three, Euna Tsekwete, Rebecca Kawe and Sheila Nyandoro continued yesterday before regional magistrate Themba Kuwanda.

Jamil Farogh lost the staggering amount when the three maids discovered wads of cash in a kitchen drawer and stole it, during his visit to relatives in Gweru.

The trio is denying the allegations, which arose in April last year.

According to court documents, Kawe was the first to see the money in a kitchen drawer.

She approached her fellow maids Tsekwete and Nyandoro and informed them about the cash.

The three stole the money which they shared equally.

They used the bounty to buy residential stands and vehicles which they registered in other people’s names, according to court papers.

Tsekwete bought a Mazda 323, a house in Shamva and built another one in Madziva.

Her colleagues Kawe and Nyandoro bought houses in Chitungwiza. Kawe also bought a house in Marlborough, three cars and household goods, while Nyandoro bought a Honda CRV and several household items as well.

The offence came to light when Tsekwete had a misunderstanding with her relative Jean Mapero, after she gave her money to buy a house in Shamva on her behalf.

It is alleged Mapero bought the house for $12 000 and failed to remit the balance to Tsekwete, resulting in an altercation.

Mapero allegedly asked the police to investigate Tsekwete on where she got the money, considering that she was just employed as a maid.

Tsekwete’s arrest led to the detention of her two colleagues.

Comments (5)

Police should first investigate where Jamil Farogh got sum huge sums from.

madhaka - 4 September 2013

Am to take it tha this Jamil character never made a police report after losing such a large some of money, and the maids were only arrested because one had a misunderstanding with her relative!!!

Will - 4 September 2013

Is it not illegal to keep such huge amounts of cash in one's house? I think there is a law to that effect. Almost a million in one's house, not even in a safe? Hey bakhiti, something smells bad in this case. And the maids need not be blamed: how can someone just throw around such a huge amount of money as if it were a piece of chocolate which you just pull a drawer and dump there. It would be interesting to know how much the man paid his domestic servants. Too bad, I think, the man deserves to lose the money because I really suspect that the banks in Zim still work and why did he not keep his money in the bank like all civilized Zimbabweans do?

Chenjerai Hove - 4 September 2013

ko akabirwa mari akati chii......regai vana vevhu vadye. ko minda takatora wani. aya magero ndiwo ane yese. asi jean mapero ngaarohwe anorwadziwa nezvisineyi naye......

Jonso - 5 September 2013

How can you leav such kind of money in the kitchen whre a e banks and your good bedroom,where did he get that money from????????

iggy - 7 September 2013

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