Zanu PF youth back in court for embezzlement

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A ZANU PF youth member who allegedly embezzled $6 500 and stole a laptop belonging to his Denmark girlfriend has been brought back to court after he failed to meet the obligations of an out-of-court settlement.

SILAS NKALA
STAFF REPORTER

The case was initially brought before the courts last year, but the Zanu PF youth member, Fundisani Dewa and the woman reached an out-of-court settlement, but the matter was back in the courts amid indications he had failed to pay back the money as agreed.

Dewa (31) who resides in the Bulawayo city centre, was due to appear in court on Tuesday, but the case did not take off due to various reasons, among them being that witnesses were yet to be advised of the court case.

Last year, Dewa negotiated with his former girlfriend, Grace Bellodi of Queens Park in Bulawayo, who is based in Denmark, to withdraw the case against him on condition that he paid her back the money.

Bulawayo magistrate Charity Maphosa upheld the withdrawal.

The prosecutor handling the revived case, Charles Danda, on Wednesday revealed that the docket had been referred back to the police station and would proceed by way of summons.

Allegations are that sometime in October 2010, the complainant, Bellodi was introduced to Dewa by a friend at a party in Trenance and they later became friends.

Bellodi told Dewa she intended to buy a vehicle.

On October 29 2010, Bellodi instructed one Darnabas Chawanzwa to withdraw and give Dewa $6 500 meant for the purchase of the vehicle.

Dewa received the money and allegedly converted it to his own use.

Bellodi returned from Denmark in 2011 and discovered that Dewa had not purchased any vehicle.

Dewa failed to return the $6 500 Bellodi had sent him for the purchase of the car.

In the second count, it was alleged that in August 2011, Dewa went to Bellodi’s place of residence and took a silver Apple Macintosh laptop under the pretext that he was going to charge the battery and has failed to return it ever since.

The laptop, worth $800 was not recovered.

The matter was reported to the police in 2011, but did not go to court under unclear circumstances until the docket was reopened this year, resulting in Dewa appearing in court yesterday.