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Council manager in court for theft


SUSPENDED Zvishavane Town Council beer halls manager, who is facing theft charges, appeared before court facing fraud charges.

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Raphael Karanda (50) of 1718 Highlands Extension was last week initially remanded to Friday by magistrate Peter Madiba, while his legal representative Tafa and Associates prepared his defence.

While the council is alleging that Karanda prejudiced it of $100 000, the State outline showed a figure of only $936 as the total amount he diverted for his personal use after altering receipt books and journals.

Prosecutor Stanley Ncube told the court that from February 12 2015, Karanda received stock sheets duplicates from cashiers.

It is alleged that Karanda made alterations on the stock sheet bank copies and by means of the misrepresentation converted amounts altered to his own use, prejudicing Zvishavane Town Council.

The offence was discovered after an internal audit was carried out by senior accountant Obedience Nyakunhuwa.

The forged stock sheets and audit report will be used as exhibits during the trial.

Karanda is expected to appear in court tomorrow, when his legal representative presents his defence.

Meanwhile, Karanda appeared for the first council hearing at Zvishavane town council chambers facing theft charges of over $100 000.

Town Council chairman Esau Gwatipedza said Karanda’s hearing, pertaining charges levelled against him, was set to continue on March 25 and they were not going to leave any stone unturned over the issue.

“We had the first hearing at the town chambers with external arbitrators and the matter continues on the 25th of this month,” he said.

“But be rest assured that no stone shall be left unturned.

“Everything shall be unravelled to create order within our council.”

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