Theresa Manase, a councillor for Ward 22 in Harare, appeared in court yesterday facing charges of theft involving 1,955 chickens. Manase was remanded to April 20 for the commencement of her trial.

According to the court, Amiel Gonesi had a poultry project at Manase’s premises between February 28 and March 21. However, Gonesi’s employees were chased away by Manase and she took the keys from them, leaving the chickens unattended.

On March 20, Gonesi and his employees went to the fowl run to take stock of the chickens and found that 1,955 were missing. They also discovered that Manase had slaughtered the chickens without Gonesi’s consent, and the birds were recovered from her fridge.

Manase allegedly admitted to selling 15 of the stolen chickens but didn’t hand over the money. The total value of the stolen chickens was $10,992,000, but only $203,352 was recovered.

The incident has raised concerns about corruption and abuse of power among officials in Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF. Some have called for swift action to be taken against Manase to send a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

This is not the first time that a ZANU-PF official has been embroiled in a corruption scandal. The party has been accused of using its position of power to enrich its members at the expense of ordinary citizens.

The case against Manase is ongoing, and many will be watching closely to see what the outcome will be.
Theresa Manase, a councillor for Ward 22 in Harare, appeared in court yesterday facing charges of theft involving 1,955 chickens. Manase was remanded to April 20 for the commencement of her trial.

According to the court, Amiel Gonesi had a poultry project at Manase’s premises between February 28 and March 21. However, Gonesi’s employees were chased away by Manase and she took the keys from them, leaving the chickens unattended.

On March 20, Gonesi and his employees went to the fowl run to take stock of the chickens and found that 1,955 were missing. They also discovered that Manase had slaughtered the chickens without Gonesi’s consent, and the birds were recovered from her fridge.

Manase allegedly admitted to selling 15 of the stolen chickens but didn’t hand over the money. The total value of the stolen chickens was $10,992,000, but only $203,352 was recovered.

The incident has raised concerns about corruption and abuse of power among officials in Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF. Some have called for swift action to be taken against Manase to send a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

This is not the first time that a ZANU-PF official has been embroiled in a corruption scandal. The party has been accused of using its position of power to enrich its members at the expense of ordinary citizens.

The case against Manase is ongoing, and many will be watching closely to see what the outcome will be.

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