Workers ‘steal’ $500 000 from Chipinge Farm and City


Chipinge – Three Chipinge Farm and City workers, a manager, a graduate trainee and a cashier have appeared at the local magistrates courts charged with fraud after they allegedly lowered prices of goods and then went on to buy them.

They had no authority to tamper with prices and in this case it was allegedly done for personal benefit.
There are also allegations that the three accused then sold the goods at a higher price.

Danai Gambara (31), the Chipinge Farm and City manager appeared in court together with the alleged accomplices, Tobias Garavata (26) and Gonzalo Ruke (26).

They pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzi and were granted $10 000 bail each.
Gifit Bikita represented the State.

“During the period extending from July 2020 to January 8, 2021 at Farm and City, the three connived to steal from their employer. In their capacities as employees with the ability to effect price changes in the till system and on various occasions, they manipulated the company prices by reducing certain items which they intended to purchase.

“They bought the products at a lower cost and prejudiced the company. The offence was discovered by the area manager from Mutare and company auditor from Harare.

“The spot check revealed that the company lost $507 937 as a result,” said Bikita.
He also said that there were also missing items from the shop.

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