MASVINGO – A Police officer from Chikato in Masvingo has been arraigned before the courts on allegations of stealing 11 bags of wheat from the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) in Masvingo.
The incident happened on December 22, 2019.
Stanford Munakamwe (29) appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Conceptor Ngwerume on Tuesday and Prosecutor Noel Mandebvu represented the State.
Munakamwe was deployed at the GMB to reinforce security guards at a time when the country was under threat of mass demonstrations and there were fears that these could spread to the industrial area where the GMB is located.
Munakamwe denied the charges and said he was not aware of his duties when he was deployed at GMB. He argued that the theft case was therefore not in his capacity.
“I was just told to go to the GMB depot but I had no clear instructions on the mission. Everything that took place was because I was not aware,” argued Munakamwe.
The state alleges that on December 22, 2019 Munakamwe was given a mission to go to GMB Masvingo depot and be a security overseer for security guards. This was due to the fear of looting since there were riots.
Munakamwe is alleged to have partnered with the depot security personnel to take 11 bags of wheat. They hired a car from Jorum Maredza who was driving to his work place.
However, a security supervisor Douglas Muvati who was on his way to the staff quarters saw a vehicle getting into the gate. He observed from a distance until the vehicle exited with the bags. He questioned his security personnel who failed to give a proper explanation.
Muvuti who is also a witness against Munakamwe told the court that GMB prohibits vehicles carrying goods to exit the premises between 6pm and 8am.
“All our security guys are aware of the rules of conduct. I saw him closing the gate for the vehicle and when I asked my team on what was happening, they failed to explain,” said Muvuti.