SENIOR STAFF WRITER
TWO suspects accused of swindling politician and businessman Gerald William Mutumanje, popularly known as Acie Lumumba, of US$189 000 have been denied bail.
The two, Tatenda Maredza and Malcom Dodo, are facing three charges of theft of trust property, corruptly concealing a transaction from a principal and unlawful dealing in petroleum products.
The State successfully opposed their admission to bail, arguing they are facing a serious offence.
Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko denied the two bail after concurring with the State.
It is alleged that in November last year, the complainant Platinum Fuel represented by Lumumba received fuel worth US$244 780 from ComOil and the two were tasked to pay the supplier US$212 125 and they only paid US$202 125 and failed to account for US$9 900.
It is also alleged that during the period, they received 60 000 litres of diesel worth US$61 800, which they sold and kept the money to themselves. They allegedly received another 93 000 litres of diesel worth US$96 720 and they failed to account for the money or the diesel.
It is the State’s case that on December 23 last year, the two supplied International Freight Services with 18 000 litres on the pretext that it was coming from the company yet the firm had no knowledge of the transaction.
On January 6, it is also alleged that they supplied the same company with 25 000 litres of diesel on the guise it was from Lumumba’s company.
Further allegations are that they also swindled their employer of US$20 600 on January 9 in another fuel deal.
Allegations are that the two were arrested while supplying 10 000 litres of diesel at Skyline service station along Harare-Masvingo Road on the guise it was from Platinum Fuel and it is alleged they are not licenced fuel dealers.
The State alleges that the two failed to account for 153 000 litres of diesel worth US$158 520 and US$30 500 cash.