Tendai Gukutikwa Weekender Correspondent
A DIRECTOR with a local company and an alleged accomplice has been hauled before the courts on allegations of illegally selling property belonging to Holiday Inn Hotel Mutare which was under his care.
Patron Nyamhanza (25) who is the director of Save and Build Africa Warehouse and Tafadzwa Misheck Rufutse (34) who is a security guard for the same company both appeared in court facing theft charges.
They were being charged with contravening Section 113 (i) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Mr Lazarus Murendo heard the case.
Allegations were that on February 13, 2018, Holiday Inn Hotel entered into an agreement with Nyamhanza to keep the hotel’s property at his warehouse in the city. Nyamhanza then took the property in his care for safekeeping.
“Nyamhanza then employed Rufutse as his security guard at the warehouse. Together with Rufutse, they then hatched a plan and stole the property that was in their care and sold it to different people on different occasions
“On May 9, Job Samasuwo, an accountant with the hotel picked information that some of the hotel’s property was being sold in town and reported the matter to the police,” said public prosecutor Mr Fletcher Karombe.
Investigations were carried led to the arrest of Nyamhanza and Rufutse.
They allegedly made indications and led detectives to the recovery of some of the stolen and sold property from different people around town. Some of the property which include side tables, curtains and floral carpets were recovered from Nyamhanza’s house where they were being used.
Mr Murendo granted them $300 bail each.
As part of their bail conditions, they were ordered to keep residing at their given addresses, not to interfere with state witnesses, surrender their passports and report every Friday at Cid Mutare offices at Mutare Central Police Station.
The pair was being represented by Mutare lawyer, Mr Farai Matinhure of Gonese and Ndlovu Legal Practitioners.
Nyamhanza also appeared in the same court facing different charges of threats of future violence as defined in Section 88 of the Criminal law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Allegations were that Nyamhanza threatened to kill Calvin Kavhukatema whom he owed $20 after he had asked for his money. He was granted $20 bail on the matter and ordered not to interfere with state witnesses.