Tendai Rupapa Harare Bureau
THE Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira, lost more than $4,000 to his maid who allegedly broke into his bedroom and stole the cash.
Esther Mawango, 35, allegedly bought a stand and built a house in Epworth using the proceeds from her criminal act.
Yesterday, the maid was brought to court along with her three accomplices, her brother Francis Mawango, 33, the gardener Andrew Moyo, 37 and Nelson Jeke who is employed as a driver.
They are facing charges of unlawful entry in aggravating circumstances.
The magistrate, Rekina Dzikiti, remanded them in custody to today for trial.
Prosecuting, Tatenda Murindagomo, told the court that on April 17, 2014, Cde Mandiwanzira placed $1,600 in his headboard drawer.
It is alleged that he could not find the money the next day and questioned his wife Ruth who denied taking the money.
The court heard that Cde Mandiwanzira and his wife searched the room but could not find the money.
The pair, it is alleged, questioned Esther since she was the one who always cleaned the bedroom.
She also denied ever seeing the money prompting Cde Mandiwanzira to report to the police.
It is the State’s case that on September 25, detectives received information that Esther and her brother Francis had allegedly stolen the money.
The police proceeded to Esther’s rural home in Rusape and questioned Francis who admitted to having received the money from Moyo which was wrapped in a tissue paper and ladies’ stockings.
He allegedly told the police that Moyo misrepresented to him that it was some medicine from his sister which he had to bury under a tree in Epworth.
Francis, the State further alleged, also revealed to the police that his sister and her workmates had stolen the money and that Esther had bought a stand and built a four-roomed cottage in Epworth.
He also allegedly told the detectives how they would steal the money on different occasions and pass it to him for safe keeping.
At one point, Francis was asked by Esther to dig up the parcel from the ground and take $1,000 which he gave to Sikereta Bumhira to buy building material, the court heard.
Francis said that before removing the $1,000, he counted the money which was $4,680 in total.
Upon their arrest, Esther led the police to Balancing Rocks Compound in Epworth where she had built her house with the stolen money.