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Acie Lumumba loses US$189K to employees

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POLITICAL activist and businessman Gerald Mutumanje, popularly known as Acie Lumumba, lost close to US$189 000 to two employees, who siphoned the funds from his fuel business.

The two workers, 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.

They were not asked to plead to the allegations when they appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko yesterday. They were remanded in custody to today for bail application, which is being opposed by the State.

It is alleged that in November last year, Lumumba’s company, Platinum Fuel, received fuel worth US$244 780 from ComOil. Maredza and Dodo 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 also 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, the two supplied International Freight Services (IFS) with 18 000 litres of diesel on the pretext that it was coming from Platinum Fuel which had no knowledge of the transaction.

On January 6, the duo also supplied a further 25 000 litres of diesel to IFS using the same modus operandi. 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 supplying 10 000 litres of diesel at Skyline Service Station along Masvingo Road on the guise it was from Platinum Fuel.

It is alleged that Maredza and Dodo do not have a licence to supply fuel. Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti said the duo failed to account for 153 000 litres of diesel worth US$158 520 and US$30 500 cash.

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