By Shingirai Vambe
Two Lanwood Trading (Pvt) Ltd Mega Save employees who were accused of defrauding their employer of US$8000 in botched goods delivery deals have been cleared of the charges by a Harare court.
Enock Mhembere (41) who is the chief buyer and Munyaradzi Mapfumo who is the Information and Technology manager were both found not guilty and acquitted by Harare magistrate Mrs Gloria Takundwa after a full trial.
In her judgment the presiding magistrate noted that the State failed to prove a case against the pair.
The State was alleging that on February 5, 2021, Mhembere purchased 1000 by 10 kgs of silo roller meal from Grain Marketing Board, Harare and the consignment was supposed to be delivered to Lanwood Training (Pvt) Ltd Mega Saves Glendale branch.
Further allegations were that Mhembere hatched a plan and connived with Mapfumo to steal from the company by directing the driver to deliver the consignment to Laddmore Investments instead of delivering to Lanwood Training (Pvt) Ltd Mega Saves Glendale branch.
It was alleged that Mhembere then failed to supply an invoice to the company’s finance office supporting the Glendale delivery.
Allegations were that on the following day, Mapfumo was sent by Mhembere to collect the payment of the consignment from the owner of Laddmore Investments and was given US$4000 by Laddmore Investments’ but the payment never reached Ladwood Trading account’s office.
This was alleged to have happened on two occasions with the pair pocketing US$8000.
However, the State failed to prove the allegations leading to the pair’s acquittal.