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The Harare magistrates’ court on Tuesday dismissed an application for refusal of further remand by five Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe housing co-operative committee members accused of misappropriating US$500 000 from a housing co-operative.

Martin Maburutse (45), Moffat Katuli (45) and Daniel Chiwandire (41) have appeared in court facing fraud charges and were granted US$2 000 bail each.

Fibion Mudamburi (50) and Melvin Gwishiri (30) also appeared in court on same charges and were granted US$100 each.

In the application, the accused persons’ lawyer Mr Charles Nyika said TUZ was not aware of any funds that were embezzled.

They claimed the complainant Bonface Poshai was not a union member and has no grounds to lay charges against them.

The prosecutor Ms Sharon Mashavira said the matter was complex.

“This is a complex matter that needs a longer time because the State is going to call 81 witnesses who are yet to have their statements recorded,” she said.

In dismissing the application, magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe said the State required more time because the investigating officer in the matter needed to compile dockets from 77 witnesses who are yet to be interviewed.

Ms Mashavira said in 2003, TUZ formed a housing co-operative called the Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe Ushewokunze Housing Co-operative comprising 518 members.

The co-operative was given land at Saturday Retreat Farm in Harare South by Government for housing development.

In 2009, a committee comprising the five and Sikhonjiwe Govere, Catherine Chiweshe and Kudzai Severa, who are still at large, was formed to run the affairs of the housing co-operative.

The co-operative opened two FBC Bank accounts in which Maburutse, Mudamburi and Gwisiri were signatories.

It is alleged that from 2009 to 2013 the co-operative members contributed US$763 623,50 for water and sewer reticulation installation that was deposited into a bank account.

The trio allegedly converted US$563 623,50 to their own use and only US$200 000 was accounted for.

In April 2013, the accused were challenged by housing co-operative members to account for the money but failed leading to their arrest.

Source : The Herald