Wataffi loses cash to caretaker
29 December 2016
MUSICIAN Willis Wataffi Kachambwa lost US$1 600 to his caretaker who entered his apartment through the ceiling and stole the money whilst he was on his way to pick his child from Vainona.
The former Afrika Revenge band member took his caretaker Stanley Mlambo to the Harare magistrates’ court complaining that he had stolen his money.
Mlambo denied the allegations when he appeared before magistrate Tildah Mazhande charged with theft of trust property.
Prosecutor Shambadzeni Fungura applied that Mlambo be denied bail saying there was overwhelming evidence linking him to the offence.
“The accused may default court if granted bail.
“There is overwhelming evidence linking him to the offence since he was the one with the keys to the apartment since he was the caretaker,” she said.
Mlambo told the court that he would not flee from the court’s jurisdiction saying he had a family to look after.
“I have a family to look after. I will attend court,” he said.
Magistrate Mazhande, in her ruling, said bail was not a right and people should be granted bail when there are no compelling reasons to deny them.
The court then granted Mlambo US$30 bail and ordered him to return to court on January 18 for trial.
Circumstances leading to Mlambo’s arrest are that on Boxing Day at around 6pm, Willis Watafi and his wife left their apartment along Selous Avenue in Harare’s Avenues area to pick their child in Vainona.
Reports are that when they left their apartment, their doors were locked.
Upon their return after about an hour, Watafi discovered that someone had entered his apartment through the door.
He then reportedly looked around his room and discovered his money was missing.
Watafi took the matter to the police.
Police investigations revealed that Mlambo was in possession of keys to the apartment which is currently vacant.
Allegations are that Mlambo opened the vacant apartment and entered the ceiling ending up in Watafi’s dining room.
The court heard that Mlambo then stole an envelope containing the US$1 600 and went unnoticed.
He was arrested following investigations.