● Mnangagwa’s cellphone stolen by his driver
● Convict to serve 14 months
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cheeky driver on Tuesday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts on allegations of stealing a mobile phone which had been given to the President at a field day he recently conducted in Kwekwe.
The 45-year-old Chamunorwa Tapa – who was the President’s driver – pleaded guilty before magistrate Joy Chikodzore to charges of stealing an Itel A56 cellphone from the President.
Mnangagwa held a field day on March 12 at his farm in Kwekwe.
The President reportedly received gifts from different companies which were present at the occasion, including the cellphone in question.
On the following day, when the gifts were being unpacked at State House, it was discovered that the phone was missing.
Tapa was arrested on March 23 around 6pm following investigations that pointed at him as the culprit.
The convict led the police to Mabvuku, where his son Jonathan Magaya, who he had given the phone resided.
The phone was identified through its IMEI number by one district intelligence officer in the President’s office, Simbarashe Mangezi.
Mangezi represented the President.
Chidzokore sentenced Tapa to 14 months in prison, with five months suspended on condition of good behaviour and the other nine months were commuted to 315 hours of community service at Mabvuku Police Station.