CHIPINGE – Three Devuli Primary School teachers in Buhera district who were accused of stealing 29 bags of maize meant for school children feeding scheme have been acquitted by the courts.
Brighton Sanangura (50), Ester Mudavanhu (44) and David Muusha (42) were acquitted of the theft by Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzi on Wednesday.
Also jointly charged and acquitted with the three is Admire Zhamba (48) who is a school food committee member.
Charges were withdrawn after plea. The State led evidence from the three witnesses and the court found nothing to implicate them.
Mudavanhu and Muusha were represented by Messrs Mikias Gwamanda and Brian Sithole of Gwamanda law chambers. Sanangura had no legal representation.
Zhamba was represented by Hastings Sithole of legal aid directorate whilst the complainant was Devuli Primary School represented by the head Edmore Mukombe.
The four were accused of having connived to steal 29 x50kg bags of maize which were part of the 75x 50kgs of maize received by the school from the Social Welfare Department under a feeding scheme on December 5, 2019.
Allegations were that Mudavanhu was the one who was in charge of the maize which was kept in the store room and was collected from time to time to feed pupils.
Allegations were that Zhamba was tasked to secure buyers for the maize which was later sold to Rangarirai Mudzimu. Mudzimu allegedly hired Wilbert Magodora’s scotch cart to transport the maize to Birchenough Business Centre where they were sold.
Mudavanhu informed the school head of the missing bags on December 10, 2019.
Investigations were carried out leading to the arrest of Zhamba. Value of the stolen property is $6 525 and nothing was recovered.
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