PetroTrade exec indicted for trial

HARARE - A managing executive at PetroTrade (Pvt) Ltd who reportedly hired hitmen to murder an auditor who had been contracted by his employer in a bid to conceal $137 000 fraud was indicted for trial yesterday.

Forbes Madzima, 46, of 16448 Damafalls in Ruwa, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe. He will be in custody pending commencement of his trial at the High Court.

Madzima is accused of incitement to commit murder.

The complainant is an auditor, Dakarai Mukuku, 43, of Glen View 1 Extension, Harare.

Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that sometime in November last year, Madzima approached his uncle Farai Saborari at his workplace at ZimTiles Southerton.

He allegedly asked Saborari to look for hit-men who could make people disappear.

The court heard that Madzima told his uncle that the person he wanted dead was cruel and had caused many people to lose their jobs at National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (Noczim).

It is alleged that Madzima showed Saborari a picture of the “target” and the front number plate of his vehicle, ADX 7525.

The court heard that Saborari recruited his younger brother Fradreck and Simbarashe Edmond Machokoto.

The trio allegedly agreed between themselves that they would not kill Mukuku but continued milking money from Madzima while purporting to arrange the murder.

In December, the hitmen met Madzima at Noczim offices and were given $50 for fuel to trace Makuku.

According to State papers, Madzima paid the trio $1 700 to incite them to kill Mukuku.

The money was paid in batches of $600, $600, $450, and when Madzima realised that Mukuku was still alive, he continued pestering the trio to kill him.

Madzima was arrested after the hit-men told police that they were being bothered to kill Makuku.

Investigations later revealed that Madzima was asked by Mukuku in November last year to account for $137 437, 60.

The money was found to be missing during reconciliation.

It is alleged that Madzima promised to compile a financial report and account for the money but failed.

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