AN assistant police commissioner and an inspector have been sentenced to 24 months in jail each after they were found guilty of swindling $4 000 from the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Kuyedza Women’s Club.
Harare Magistrate Josephine Sande found suspended Police Assistant Commissioner Fortunate Chirara and Inspector John Madhuku guilty of theft.
However, Chirara and Madhuku will effectively serve nine months in jail each after Magistrate Sande suspended six months on condition of good behaviour and another nine months on condition they pay $2 300 each in restitution.
The two had been denying the offence by singling out Commissioner Chengeta’s wife Mirriam Maidei, saying the latter incurred various costs at Kuyedza Women’s Club, but her expenditure receipts were not presented to the audit team.
The convicts had further told the court that some receipts relating to Maidei and her driver, one Assistant Inspector Rusengo, who provided services at Bauffer Lodge on May 1 last year on Kuyedza’s fund, were missing.
Chirara and Madhuku also told the court that the receipts for water, which was bought for guests at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, were deliberately left in an effort to nail them as were receipts for food bought at Chicken Inn in Bulawayo for all Kuyedza Club members.
During cross-examination of State witness, Commissioner Chengeta, denied that the money was withdrawn at the instance of Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri’s wife Isabel, saying Chirara acted in connivance with Madhuku to fleece the club.
Chirara was the senior staff officer of the club while Madhuku was attached to the Kuyedza Women’s Club and both were based at the Police General Headquarters.
Chirara’s duties included overall supervision of all police officers attached to the club and overall coordination of the activities in the club with Madhuku being one of the signatories to the club’s bank account. From 2015, the State, alleged that the two hatched a plan to steal from the club where they would convert various amounts of money to their own use each time they authorised purchase of goods.
As a result of their actions, the club lost $4 000 and nothing was recovers.
The ZRP Kuyedza Women’s Club was established by the wives of police officers residing in camps through-out Zimbabwe to help empower them with self-sustaining projects and women empowerment.