AAG Vice President on the run for $250k theft

The Vice President of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) is reported to be on the run over allegations that she stole $250,000 worth of maize seed from the government run Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Arda).

Two years ago Elizabeth Nyathi struck an agreement with Arda to be their sales agent in Mutare. Under the terms of the deal she was meant to sell maize seed on behalf of the authority and then remit proceeds within 14 days.

As the director of Laksem (Pvt) Ltd she sold seeds worth more than $327,500 but never paid Arda a cent. Arda officials then went to her company in Mutare but only managed to recover 30 tonnes of seed valued at $49,040.

The matter has been before the courts and last week Nyathi decided not to show up. Harare regional magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni responded by issuing an arrest warrant. Apparently it’s not the first time Nyathi has absconded. In May this year she was fined $50 by the same court for absconding.

Meanwhile the ZANU PF controlled Sunday Mail newspaper reports that an engineer working for a company controlled by journalist turned businessman Supa Mandiwanzira, fleeced fellow businessman Phillip Chiyangwa of $3 million.

It’s alleged the consulting engineer “misrepresented the cost of building materials and services for various construction projects.” Chiyangwa is quoted as saying he was shocked by the theft.

Chiyangwa’s company, Pinnacle Holdings, engaged a construction company known as Tarcon to develop his properties. Mandiwanzira is the board chairman of the firm. The paper says “the engineer connived with some Tarcon employees to inflate the bills of items required at the properties.”

Chiyangwa is the founding president of the AAG and Mandiwanzira briefly led the organisation, before Chiyangwa took back control. Both the Nyathi story and the Tarcon case are likely to dent the credentials of those claiming to be driving the empowerment crusade. – SW Radio Africa News

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