TWO officials with York World Marketing (Private) Limited Company on Tuesday appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove facing charges of defrauding a non-governmental organisation, the Zimbabwe Project Trust (ZPT), of 78 goats.
BY SILAS NKALA
The two — Mluleki Nyathi (43) of Emganwini, and Velaphi Dube (41) of Mabutweni — were allegedly given 212 goats to distribute to Insiza villagers, but they could not account for the other 78 goats.
Allegations against them were that sometime in 2014, York Marketing won a tender to supply 212 goats to beneficiaries in Insiza area, which were to be distributed by the ZPT represented by Sikhumbuzo Nyamweda, an administrator.
Nyathi was supposed to receive and distribute four goats per household.
Dube was said to have delivered 134 goats and raised a delivery note for 212 goats which was signed by Nyathi and tendered to his employer for payment.
Nyamweda paid them $13 674 for the 212 goats through real time gross settlements (RTGS), and Dube issued a receipt for proof of payment.
RTGS is a specialist funds transfer systems where the transfer of money takes place from one bank to another on a “real time” and on “gross” basis, whereby payment of the transaction is not subjected to any waiting period.
To cover up, Nyathi allegedly completed acknowledgement of receipt forms purporting that the intended beneficiaries had received their share of goats.
The offence was discovered when Nyamweda carried out a review of the distributed goats in the communities and discovered that only 134 goats out of 212 were distributed.
This led to the two’s arrest.