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Duo defrauds ministry of US$268 million

Story by Fungai Jachi, Courts Reporter

THE Ministry of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Affairs has lost over ZW$260 million to suspected fraudsters.

Two Ministry of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Affairs employees have been arraigned before the courts on allegations of defrauding their employer of more than ZW$260 million.

35-year-old Assistant Accountant Nzuzo Tshuma and Dominic Thulani Musarurwa aged 34 who was employed as a Data Capturer, allegedly siphoned funds meant for children of war veterans tuition fees.

It is alleged that the two created ghost schools and beneficiaries which they used to siphon the money from the ministry.

The accused allegedly committed the offence over three years before an audit carried out by the ministry unearthed the crime.

The pair will spend the weekend in remand prison pending bail application.

They are expected back in court on Monday.

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