Minister's thieving maid jailed

HARARE - Deputy minister of Information Supa Mandiwanzira’s maid has been sentenced to an effective 10 months in jail.

Magistrate Miriam Banda had initially sentenced Esther Mawango, 35, to 16 months in prison but suspended six months on condition of good behaviour.

Mawango’s accomplice Andrew Moyo, 37, was sentenced to four months, which were wholly suspended.

In mitigation, Mawango said she was the sole breadwinner of her ailing mother and two children.

She told the court that the groceries and clothes she stole from Mandiwanzira had been distributed among her siblings.

Mawango and Moyo told Banda that they earned $220 and $250 respectively as maid and gardener.

The duo was in the habit of stealing Mandiwanzira’s clothes that included designer suits and those of his wife and children.

Mandiwanzira’s wife, Ruth, noticed that some groceries were disappearing from the house but Mawango would deny any knowledge of the missing stuff.

The maid and gardener are also facing another charge of unlawful entry in aggravating circumstances where they are accused of stealing $4 600 cash from Mandiwanzira’s bedroom.

Mawango is alleged to have stolen goods worth $4 965 while Moyo took property worth $200.

Prosecutor Constance Ngombengombe told the court that sometime between February and September this year, Mandiwanzira noticed that so many things were going missing in the house.

One day he placed $1 600 in their headboard drawer but could not find the money the next day and questioned his wife Ruth who denied taking the money.

Mawango was questioned on the whereabouts of the money since she always cleaned the bedroom but denied any knowledge of the missing cash. Mandiwanzira later made a police report.

On September 25, detectives received information that Esther and her brother Francis Mawango had allegedly stolen the money.

The police proceeded to Esther’s rural home in Rusape and questioned Francis who said he had received the money wrapped in tissue paper from Moyo under the pretext that it was some medicine which he had to bury under a tree in Epworth.

Francis also revealed to the police that his sister and her other workmates had stolen the money and that Esther had bought a stand and built a four-roomed cottage in Epworth.

He also allegedly told the detectives how he was asked by Esther to dig up the parcel from the ground and count $1 000 and give it to Sikireta Bumhira to buy building material.

Upon the arrest of Esther and her workmates, they led police to Balancing Rocks Compound in Epworth were she had built a cottage with the stolen money.

Comments (5)

soimportant is Supa's money that the police goes all the way to a woman's rural areas using state financs yet we have a lot of unresolved cass they clearly ignore

truth - 3 October 2014

I must say I'm a bit disappointed with your headline news today, both this one about a disorganised minister who lost his money and the other about a half head shaved singer who is seeking Grace's attention. Both these stories should be tucked away somewhere in the later pages of entertainment and 'other stories'. Where are the bread and butter issue stories, how is Mliswa dealing with his gay gangsters, what's the situation like now at Tokwe- Murkosi, has Makandiwa taken to the streets to show off his newly aqcuired Benz yet with all that money from congregates, what's the latest debate in parliament. That's what we need to hear, especially on the front pages.

Dr Know - 3 October 2014

the maid and gardener are big time thieves indeed, after all they are being over paid us 220 and us250, what ungrateful people. but sister Ruth this time & age why letting your maid in your bedroom to clean ???

JS - 3 October 2014

$4 600 cash in bedroom and not in the bank. Then they want ordinary people ti trust the Banking System

ab - 3 October 2014

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