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Three prisons staff appeared in court on Wednesday on allegations of stealing farming inputs worth $12 500 from Chikurubi Farm Prison in Harare.

Francis Ngoma (41), Ashel Madzima (37) and Phillip Mudzibwe (39) of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing charges of unlawful entry.

They were granted $100 bail each and are expected back in court on June 10.

Ngoma and Mudzibwe were ordered to surrender their passports, while Madzima, who does not have a passport, was told not to try and acquire a travel document.

Prosecutor Ms Sharon Mashavira alleged that between April 9 and 23, the three used a duplicate key to gain entry into ZPCS projects stores.

Ngoma, Madzima and Mudzibwe allegedly stole over seven tonnes of urea fertiliser, 12 bags each of 50kg of compound fertiliser, 113 litres of dual chemicals, 38 litres of Diamethoate chemicals, two size 16 tractor trailer tyres, 605 packs, each of 200g of Shumba Dust and five by 16 litres Knapsack sprayers.

The court heard that the three were positively identified by people whom they sold the loot to.

Six bags of urea were recovered from Lovemore Ngorima and another 19 from Nyasha Nyaruwata.

The total value of stolen farming inputs was $12 500 and only $250 worth of the inputs was recovered.

Source : The Herald