Tendai Gukutikwa Court Correspondent
A MUTARE City Council contract workers’ supervisor is alleged to have stolen 400kgs of wheat from a goods train that was transporting the grain from Mozambique to Harare.
However, Taurai Chengeta denied the theft allegations when he appeared before Mutare magistrate, Ms Purity Gumbo on Monday.
He was remanded out of custody to July 29 on $1500 bail.
Mr Chris Munyuki prosecuted.
It is alleged that sometime in June, a goods train transporting wheat was involved in an accident just before Mutare National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) offices.
NRZ security guards were deployed to keep an eye on the train’s wagons and the wheat.
“A security guard with NRZ, Castern Njiva, was guarding one of the wagons when Chengeta came and stole eight 50kg bags of wheat, valued at $30 240. He hid the wheat in a nearby bush.
“On July 4, Njiva received a tip-off that Chengeta’s wife was ferrying wheat to Sakubva. Upon confrontation, the wife implicated Chengeta, which led to his arrest,” said Mr Munyuki.