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Zimbabwe: GMB Boss Connives With Minister in U.S.$733 390 Fraud Deal

Grain Marketing Board (GMB) assistant manager at Mushumbi depot was Friday dragged to court answering to US$733 390 fraud.

Lovejoy Ngowe (49) appeared before magistrate Yeukai Dzuda, who remanded him in custody to Monday for bail application.

The Agriculture deputy minister, Douglas Karoro, is also implicated in the scandal.

Karoro was arrested Friday and due to appear in court.

It is alleged that in April this year, Karoro allegedly sold Compound D fertilizer to one Widdorn Chiodza.

Karoro allegedly sent Dean Zimunya to collect US$10 700 paid by Chiodza for the fertilizer, but the minister did not deliver the fertiliser.

It is alleged Karoro said the fertiliser was at Mushumbi GMB.

Karoro allegedly contacted Ngowe, stating that he would send trucks to collect his fertiliser.

Chiodza allegedly went with his three trucks and collected the fertiliser and offloaded it at his homestead.

It is alleged that Zimunya called Chiodza to return the fertiliser saying the deal had gone bad.

Chiodza allegedly refused and only agreed after he was visited by Mugove Chidamba, who then collected only 400 bags of fertiliser.

Karoro and Chidamba are alleged to have decided to swap the fertiliser with Ammonium Nitrate at Aspindale GMB.

Chidamba allegedly sourced another 300 bags of Compound D from Farm and City to make them 700x50kgs.

Aspindale GMB Chain Supply manager, Obert Zhoya, refused to do the swap, saying the documentation was wrong.

Zhoya is alleged to have agreed after being convinced by Karoro, but under a condition that they did a depot to depot transfer.

Kororo is alleged to have first supplied 400 bags in exchange for 400 bags of Ammonium Nitrate.