Matangaidze's partner convicted

MUTARE - Businessperson Hlanganiso Matangaidze’s Matan Lumber (Matan) partner Patrick Kupenga has been convicted of stealing sawmill equipment from the company.

After his June arrest for stealing the equipment worth nearly $60 000, the 59-year-old Westlea resident was sentenced to a six-month jail term or a $600 fine.

Among the equipment that he irregularly moved were ripsaw machines, a compressor, cross cutting machinery, finger joints, jack-saws, lift trolleys, sharpeners and stretch bench machines.

Apart from Kupenga’s High Court bid to dissolve the unregistered timber-processing partnership, which was halted until the finalisation or conclusion of the theft case, the defendant maintains that as Matan’s day-to-day manager he had moved the property in the alliance’s best interests such as to starve off seizures from creditors.

However, the man says he is going to appeal both the judgment and sentence.

During trial, Kupenga was charged with moving the equipment from Matan’s workshop without the prior knowledge and authority of

Matangaidze, thus earning himself a conviction for stealing the equipment.

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