Local Government Minister, July Moyo’s  279 bags of rice worth more than $384 000 was stolen and sold by one of his workers.

Warren Nostalgia Madicha (22) who is employed as an administrator at the minister’s constituency centre in Redcliff, was arrested and dragged before Kwekwe magistrate.
Moyo lost the Redcliff Constituency in last year’s election. Madicha was remanded in custody to 17 May for trial after he pleaded not guilty.

The court heard that on 11 January, Moyo brought 400 x 50kg of rice and delivered them to the constituency centre for safekeeping. On a date unknown to the prosecutor but between 11 January 2019 and 23 April 2019, Madichastole 279 x 50kg of rice from the office and sold them to different people.

Moyo, however, discovered that the rice was missing on 23 April and reported the case to the police.

Investigations carried out by police led to the discovery of some of the bags of rice from the people who had bought them and implicated Madicha leading to his arrest.