Politically troubled MSU student Webster Shamu $30 000 fraud trial postponed to February

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The case in which former Cabinet minister Webster Shamu allegedly lost almost $30 000 to a former employee at his WEBCON High Glen Total Service Station has been deferred to February 28 for commencement of trial.

Willis Nyamusaduka, who was employed as a supervisor at the service station, is being charged with theft of trust property.

The trial failed to kick off on Monday after Nyamusaduka’s lawyer, Mr John Ndomene, indicated that he had not been furnished with relevant documents to prepare for his defence.

The magistrate, Mr Francis Mapfumo, postponed the matter to February 28 to allow the State to provide Mr Ndomene the audit report.

Prosecutor Mr Peter Kachirika alleged that between January 2014 and April 2015, Nyamusaduka received cash from fuel attendants and under-banked a total of $29 126 which he converted to his own use.

The court heard that to cover his tracks, Nyamusaduka allegedly destroyed all the bank deposit slips and computer-generated receipts, leaving behind the cash register in which he had endorsed the correct amounts banked.

It is the State’s case that the offence only came to light on April 21 last year when Total Zimbabwe, the fuel supplier at WEBCON, advised the company that it was in arrears.

A reconciliation of the cash register, bank deposit slips and computer-generated receipts against a bank printout of the account revealed that the cash register did not tally with deposits made in the Total Zimbabwe bank account.

It is alleged that after the reconciliation was done, it came to light that $29 126, which was endorsed in the cash register, did not tally with deposits made in the Total Zimbabwe bank account.

The former minister and his wife Constance attended the court session.-Herald