Workers steal 309 bags of cement during lockdown

PATIENCE RAIBO

GUTU – Two employees at Junction Hardware in Mpandawana have appeared before Gutu Magistrate Mitchel Panavanhu charged with theft after they allegedly stole 309 bags of cement worth US$2 974.
Lovemore Hwingwiri (48) and Last Chikuhwa (30) allegedly stole the cement during the lockdown period when the Hardaware did not do regular stock checks.
Peter Mudzamiri, the accountant told the court that sometime in 2019 he delayed making financial statements. He only got the chance to do so after the March 2020 lockdown and that was when he realised there were some shortages.
Mudzamiri said he noticed that Last Chikuhwa (the store keeper) recorded receipts and invoices and updated the sales record book yet the money did not reflect in both EcoCash and bank accounts.
Mudzamiri confronted both Chikuhwa and Hwingwiri. Hwingwiri complied and reimbursed the money. However, he blamed Chikuhwa for the shortage. Chikuhwa didn’t answer his cellphone, he even switched it off.
Both Chikuhwa and Hwingwiri pleaded not guilty. Chikuhwa said Hwingwiri who is a nephew to the hardware owner as well as the manager used his authority as the immediate boss to collect cement without his knowledge and did not pay for it.

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