Rapporteur axed for alleged recorder theft

MUTARE - A rapporteur, appointed as part of the constitutional outreach programme, has been dismissed from the exercise, after he allegedly stole an audio recorder on Friday in Mutare.

Vivian Tapfumaneyi (23) was one of Zanu (PF)s selected rapporteurs.

The incident happened during a consultative meeting in Mutare Central. Tapfumaneyi was working in team five of the outreach programme in Manicaland.

Senator Cephas Makhuyana, joint leader in the province for the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC), told SW Radio Africa that Tapfumaneyis behaviour was unacceptable.

What he did was deplorable and when we met as a team to discuss his actions, it was unanimously agreed that he should be fired from the programme, Makhuyana said.

Makhuyana said it appeared the motive behind the theft was that Tapfumaneyi didnt want certain views from other people, perceived to be MDC supporters, captured on the recorder.

When it was realised that an audio recorder was missing, we brought in the police who conducted body searches on everyone present. When they failed to find the recorder, the police turned their attention to vehicles parked at the venue. After a thorough search of the vehicles, the recorder was discovered hidden under a seat, Makhuyana said.

He added: When the police asked the driver of the vehicle for an explanation, he told them Tapfumaneyi was the person responsible for stashing it under the seat.

Tapfumanyei was immediately arrested and taken into custody. He is expected to appear in court this week.

Senator Makhuyana also said a laptop used by the outreach team was stolen last week, but was later recovered from a 16-year-old girl.

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