Former Zanu PF chairman jailed for stealing US$3k building material

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By James Muonwa I Mashonaland West Correspondent

FORMER Zanu PF Kariba district chairman, Nomore Gosa, has been jailed 24 months along with three security guards for stealing an assortment of building materials worth US$3,000 from Padenga Holdings Crocodile Farm.

Gosa (45), a self-employed transporter, was nabbed together with three security guards employed by Golden Triangle Security, namely Lloyd Chirovapasi (28), James Libombo (29) and Mufaro Mavhura (46).

Kariba Magistrate, Tapiwa Banda sentenced Banda and his co-accuseds to 24 months, before conditionally suspending three months of the jail term.

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.