A 31-year-old Harare man set his employer’s vehicle ablaze to conceal the theft of US$90 000 he had been given to deliver to Bulawayo.
This emerged when the man, Moffat Tembo, appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi answering to theft and malicious damage to property charges, according to NewZimbabwe
It is alleged that on October 10, Tembo was asked to run an errand on behalf of his employer, transporting funds amounting to US$90 000 from Harare to Bulawayo.
The court heard that Tembo connived with his co-worker Vimbai Matereke whom he gave the money at the White House along Bulawayo Road in Harare before proceeding with his journey.
On a five km peg into Chegutu, he allegedly stopped, sprinkled petrol on his employer’s Toyota Allion vehicle and then set it on fire. The fire was later put out by the Chegutu fire brigade.
His employer only identified as Dean was called and he instructed Tembo to report the matter to the Chegutu police station.
He, however, failed or neglected to do so, triggering suspicions.
The matter was later investigated, and it was established that Tembo had faked the robbery.
Magistrate Dennis Mangosi remanded him in custody until October 18, 2022.