Acie Lumumba stands accused of stealing $8 000 from a friend before transferring the money into his wife’s bank account.

Lumumba was released on free bail when he appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande on Saturday. The complainant is Graham Tineyi of One Commando Barracks in Craneborne in Harare. The court heard that on February 27, Lumumba met Tineyi at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport. The two are said to be friends. The court heard that when Tineyi arrived at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority point, he was told that the limit of American dollars one has to carry when going out of the country was $2 000.

He then asked Lumumba if he knew anyone at the airport that he could leave some of his money with. Lumumba then took Tineyi to Abigail Chipuru of Traverse Travel Airport Office before they both flew to South Africa.

However, on February 28, Lumumba sent a WhatsApp message to Jethro Tonderai Maposa to go to Traverse Travel offices and collect $8 000 from Chipuru. Lumumba did so without the knowledge and consent of Tineyi.

Maposa reportedly collected the money and as instructed by Lumumba, sold the United States dollars on the black market. The court heard that Maposa got $10 000 in bond notes and transferred it into Lumumba’s wife, Lillian Rufaro Madyira’s bank account. Daily News