Former Zanu PF Kariba district chairman Nomore Gosa and three security guards were sentenced to 24 months in prison for stealing Padenga Holdings’ crocodile farm of a variety of building supplies.
Gosa (45), a self-employed transporter, and three Golden Triangle Security security guards, Lloyd Chirovapasi (28), James Libombo (29) and Mufaro Mavhura (29), were arrested (46).
The sentence of 24 months in prison for Banda and his co-accused was conditionally suspended for three months by Kariba Magistrate Tapiwa Banda.
The State case was that during the period extending from November 11, 2021 to April 14, 2022, the security guards connived and stole 24 flat bars, 23 IBR iron sheets, six iron sheets, 1x6m armed cable, 52x6m angle irons, 20x6m round bars, 15x6m deformed iron bars and 6x6m iron poles at Padenga Holdings Crocodile Farm, where they were providing security services.
They then hired Gosa to ferry the contraband using his car, a Toyota Venture.
The matter came to light after Padenga Holdings noticed rampant theft of its equipment and installed a tracker on one of the materials, which was later stolen and recovered at a local hardware.
The hardware owner implicated the guards and Gosa, leading to their arrest.
Recovered property worth US$1 500 included 23 IBR sheets, 50 angle irons, 24 flat bars, 44 metres of armed cable, 23 deformed bars and one iron sheet.
Carren Modina Musiwa represented the State.