US$70k theft suspect granted bail
09 May 2016
A National Employment Council employee appeared in court facing allegations of squandering nearly US$70 000 which was meant for the welfare and education institutions.
Joseph Malachi Kadiwa appeared at the Harare magistratesâ€™ court charged with theft.
He was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe who remanded him out of custody on US$100 bail.
The State led by Idah Maromo-Mateke had opposed granting Kadiwa bail saying he was likely to abscond trial.
â€œHe is facing allegations involving a substantial amount of US$68 286.
â€œIt is Stateâ€™s fears that if he is granted bail he is likely to flee to South Africa. He fled to South Africa in 2012 when the offence was committed,â€ said prosecutor Maromo-Mateke.
Kadiwa, through his defence lawyer, told the court that he did not run away to South Africa as the State alleges.
â€œWhen the accused went to South Africa in 2012 he was not facing any criminal actions nor was he notified of any criminal case.
â€œNothing was placed to the accused.
â€œHe only came to know of the offence when he was arrested two days ago when he came to Zimbabwe,â€ he said.
Magistrate Mahwe granted Kadiwa US$100 bail saying it was his Constitutional right to be tried from out of custody.
Allegations facing Kadiwa are that from the period extending from 2009 to August 2012 he collected money from Ethol Evans Hospital, Celebration Centre, Fairways Home, Royal Academy, Tops Nursery and Waterfalls Care Trust totaling to US$68 286 in debts.
Kadiwa is alleged to have collected the money on behalf of National Employment Council which meant for the Welfare and Education Institutions.
He reportedly failed to remit the money to the National Employment Council leading to his arrest.