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Magistrates' courts employee in custody on theft of State money

by Byo24NEWS
31 Jan 2011 at 17:03hrs | Views
Wilson Tapiwa Nyazika a Victoria Falls magistrates' courts  employee has been further remanded in custody to 4 February on allegations of stealing more than US$7 000 of State funds.He is also facing a drunken driving charge.

Nyazika, Clerk of Court whose age is not given lives in Victoria Falls and not been formally charged with theft and drunken driving. The State is still trying to verify the actual amount he is alleged to have stolen. An internal accountant from Bulawayo has already been sent to the resort town and it is hoped that when Nyazika appears in court on Friday next week more will have been uncovered.

Nyazika denies the charges and is appearing at the Hwange magistrates' courts. The prosecutor, Mr Sifelumusa Fuzane told the court at his initial appearance early this month, that Nyazika's duties included receiving and banking money on behalf of his employer. It is the State case that between 24 December last year and 7 January this year, he received a total US$7 721 and R300 on several occasions which he was supposed to bank. The State will seek to prove that Nyazika converted the money to his own use and nothing was recovered.

On 2 January, Nyazika was driving a Mercedes Benz E280 along Pioneer Road from the Victoria Falls town centre towards Chinotimba Township where he is alleged to have lost control of his car. The incident is supposed to have happened near the Elephant Hills houses, where he lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and hit a tree.

Police attended to the scene and allegedly observed that Nyazika appeared to be drunk, as he was smelling alcohol, speaking loudly and could not stand on his own without assistance.
He was taken for a breathalyser and was found to have excess alcohol in his blood leading to the charge.

Source - Byo24NEWS