TWO Delta Beverages managers, Marshal Ranganai Mazengeza and Muchaneta Ndachena have been acquitted on charges of defrauding the brewer.
BY OUR STAFF
The acquittal came at the close of the State’s casewhere the duo was found not guilty.
Mazengeza’s lawyer Verna Maramba of Thondhlanga and Associates told The Standard her client had been innocent from the beginning though it took four years to get the acquittal.
According to the state outline, the duo alongside Sindiwa Sachiti and Blessing Mlunjana allegedly hatched a plan to defraud Delta of US$125 000 on the pretext that the beverages maker wanted to buy branded glasses from South Africa.
It was the State’s case that Sachiti communicated with a South African company, AFCL that Delta wanted to buy branded glasses.
A fake e-mail was allegedly dispatched by Sachiti with the approval of Mlunjana to authorise the payment of the intended purchase of glasses the State had alleged.
Mlunjana was alleged to have forwarded the electronic transfer to Ndachena and Mazengeza for approval.
Ndachena was employed as finance and administration executive at Delta Northern Region head office while Mazengeza was finance manager in the lagers department at the Delta Southerton branch.
With the aid of the fake e-mail, a part payment of US$30 000 allegedly was transferred by Delta into AFCL account on September 30 2009.
The State further alleged that after the delay in accessing the money, Sachiti and Mlunjana connived to use a Zimbabwean company, Silver Cloud as a conduit and a payment of US$60 000 was made by Delta into Silver Cloud account owned by Stanlous Mutaure.
The money was then used to buy shares in companies listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and a Toyota Hilux vehicle.
Glasses worth US$5 000 and some promotional materials were imported, the State alleged.