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Securico Security guards steal US$60,000 meant for Tongogara refugees

THREE security guards employed by Securico Security Services have been arrested and charged with the theft of U$60 390 which was meant for refugees at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.

Admit Kuora, Tafadzwa Kwenda and Eric Ruuswa are facing theft charges as defined in Section 113 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act.

After stealing the cash they were guarding, the three made a false report that they had been robbed by two unknown armed robbers. According to a statement released by the Zimbabwe Republic Police soon after the incident, the “armed robbers” overpowered the security guards who were armed with two rifles and took from them motor vehicle keys, keys for the safe affixed to the vehicle and a cellphone at gun point.

But police investigations proved that the robbery was fake leading to the arrest of the Securico Security Services guards.

The trio was dragged to court in connection with crime and last Friday appeared before Chipinge magistrate, Elizabeth Hanzi.

However, their case could not proceed on December 31 after the police applied for a warrant for further detention pending investigations.

Investigation officer, Assistant Inspector Hosea Godibha had told the court that they wanted to be issued with a warrant for further detention up to January 3, 2022.

“We are applying for further detention of the three accused persons because we need to record statements from the outstanding witnesses. Investigators also want to proceed to Harare to conduct searches at the accused persons’ place of residence so that we recover the stolen property,” said Assistant Inspector Godibha.

The three suspects were finally released on bail on Monday after the police had completed investigations into the matter.

They will be back in the dock on January 10.

State prosecutor Edmore Mahlanganise said that three security guards who were superintending over the refugees monthly allowances parked their cash-in-transit motor vehicle for the night on the entrance of the room they had been authorised to use.

The three suspects opened the safe and stole two trunk boxes loaded with US$60 360 cash, and vanished from the scene.

The money meant for food provisions at Tongogara Refugee Camp.

Camp administrator Johanne Mhlanga lamented the theft saying it has left the institution in a dire situation.

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