Karoro back in court

By Peter Chivhima

THE Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Douglas Karoro who is facing charges of fraud is back in court after spending the weekend behind bars.

Charged alongside two other individuals Jeremy Phiri and Dean Zimunya, Deputy Minister Karoro is accused of diverting inputs which were supposed to benefit farmers in Mbire Constituency of Mashonaland Central Province under the Presidential inputs scheme.

Karoro, Phiri and Zimunya were arrested on Friday, while the other suspect, Lovejoy Ngowe, who is the Manager for Mushumbi Grain Marketing Board depot was arrested earlier.

The deputy minister appeared in court on Saturday and was remanded in custody to this Monday for bail hearing.

It is the state’s case that between March and April this year, Karoro allegedly diverted 700 bags of fertiliser and seed maize worth US$18 000 and 5 000 vegetable Combo kits valued at US$73 300.

It is alleged that Karoro was arrested while trying to skip the boarder.