THE supervisor of a fuel service station owned by former ICT minister Webster Shamu’s has been dragged before the Harare magistrate’s courts charged with stealing $29,000 from the business.
Willis Nyamusaduka, 39, was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Milton Serima on Monday.
The case was deferred to Tuesday for trial.
According to the state, Nyamusaduka’s job involved collecting money from Webcon Total Service Station fuel attendants and banking it in the Total Zimbabwe’s account.
However from sometime in 2014 to April 2015, he allegedly collected and underbanked a total of $29,126 which he converted to his own use.
To cover up the offence, Nyamusaduka allegedly destroyed all bank deposit slips and computer generated receipts leaving just the cash register in which he had endorsed the correct amounts as banked.
The theft came to light on April 21 this year when Shamu was advised by fuel supplier Total Zimbabwe that the Webcon Total Service Station account was in arrears.
Shamu’s wife, Constance who is also a director, then conducted a reconciliation of cash register bank deposit slips and computer generated receipts against a bank print out of the account in question.
She discovered that a total of $29,126 which was endorsed in the cash register was not matching deposits made in the Total Zimbabwe bank account.
A report was later made to the police, leading to the arrest of Nyamusaduka on 30 April.
Shamu is one of the cabinet members sacked by President Robert Mugabe over allegations they were part of a coup plot by then vice president Joice Mujuru.
The minister is also said to be the top official accused by Mugabe’s wife Grace of importing million dollars’ worth of Zanu PF regalia from China for re-sale to party supporters when the material is supposed to be given out for free.