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Suspended Mimosa Employees in Court.

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Two Mimosa employees who are part of a group of 37 suspended workers have appeared before Zvishavane magistrate Achy Wochiunga facing charges of fraud.

Prosper Vundurai (40) and Lazarus Madziva (51) are the major suspects in a scam that saw over 70 employees, including management being suspended.

The suspensions came after an internal investigation which unearthed the alleged fraud after it was observed that some workers were earning extra allowances that were not in line with their grades.

According to prosecutor Faith Mwale, during the period extending from June 6, 2017, to January 26, 2018, Madziva was employed by Mimosa Mine as a magazine master and his duties were to order, receive and distribute explosives for the mine, while Vundurai was a mining clerk responsible for timesheets.

During the course of his work, Madziva and several other employees connived with Vundurai to raise fictitious acting allowance forms purporting, for instance, that one acted in the capacity of mine captain (managerial position) for a series of shifts.

It is alleged that Vundurai would then send the fictitious forms to the mine pay office for payments in return for a certain percentage of the earnings.

Vundurai and Madziva denied the charges and the matter was set for trial on October 24.

Two months ago, the platinum miner suspended 37 workers for allegedly altering their timesheets and making fictitious acting allowance claims.

The mine was allegedly prejudiced of US$709 000 by a syndicate of workers from the mining and accounts sections who allegedly manipulated signatures that authorise overtime and acting allowances.

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