GMB officials stole 500 bags of fertiliser

via GMB officials stole 500 bags of fertiliser | SW Radio Africa by Nomalanga Moyo on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Grain Marketing Board (GMB) manager and her assistant are accused of stealing 500 bags of fertilizer, meant for Goromonzi farmers under the Presidential Inputs Scheme.

Manager Lillian Mudhara and her assistant at the parastatal, Godfrey Mabasa, are being charged together with ZANU PF councillor Paradzai Chogugudza and Agriculture Rural Extension officer Mark Matipano.

Chogugudza is the councillor for Ward 5 in Chinamhora, Goromonzi.

Mudhara is still at large while her co-accused appeared before Harare Magistrate Tendai Mahwe on Monday, charged with theft of property.

The three were bailed until April 3rd on $100 each. They were also ordered to report to the police twice a week, and not interfere with witnesses.

Charges against them arose after the fertilizer, which was meant for distribution under the government scheme, failed to reach the intended beneficiaries, who then made a police report.

Investigations by the police revealed that the accused had connived and sold the fertiliser to some dealers in Harare.

Police retrieved four 50kg bags from an agro-chemical shop run by Thomson Hove who had received 300 bags. At Musanhi hardware shop in Mbare, police recovered 14 bags from Tichaona Simbanegavi, who had bought 200 bags, the Herald newspaper reported Monday.

The total value of the stolen fertiliser is approximately $16,000 while the recovered bags are worth $576.

Over the past three months, the media have been exposing the corruption and looting of State-linked enterprises by public officials. There is no evidence that the government will act decisively to punish those involved, and political observers say small fish will likely be sacrificed while the big looters in government corridors go scot-free.


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    It hurts to read about the news relating to corruption and see nothing being done.

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Only 500 bags! This must be a smoke screen to hide the main theft.

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    Nyoni 8 years ago


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    We didn’t expect them to buy the stuff, did we now? 500 bags is just the tip of the bigger scam.

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    What about the DDF tractors being used by the politicians for free whilst roads get destroyed in the rural areas because DDF “has no fuel and/or spares?”.

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    Charles Bango 7 years ago

    I worked with this Mudhara manager at Cleveland depot & I got fired after 18years of service for her shady dealings because she was having an affair with top management.I went home without any benefits.I would like to pay her a visit at Chikurubi.May the lernered judge give a the maximum sentence with hard labour.