Former Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services deputy minister Energy Mutodi on Thursday fell victim to a thief who stole US$1 400 at the Beitbridge Border Post.
Mutodi was reportedly trying to clear a vehicle from South Africa.
According to police sources, Mutodi was approached by one Simbarashe Zinyakati who convinced him that he could process a Temporary Import Permit for his vehicle.
A ZRP memorandum indicates that on March 18, Mutodi was coming from South Africa on his personal business driving a Hummer registration number WDZ201GP.
“When he reached the South African Border side, he was approached by the suspect who stated that he can assist him by quickly processing the Temporary Import Permit of his vehicle,” the memo reads.
The police report from Beitbridge further indicates that Zinyakati assisted Mutodi to gain a quick passage from South Africa to Zimbabwe at around 10:30 during the night.
On reaching the Zimbabwean side’s Beitbridge Border Post, Zinyakati requested Mutodi to give him US$300 which he intended to use for the payment of the temporary import permit for the vehicle.
Mutodi gave Zinyakati the money with the latter disappearing into the ZIMRA complex offices at the border post.
The Goromonzi West legislator reportedly noticed that Zinyakati had disappeared for long hours without clearing the vehicle.
He further demanded his money back but after Zinyakati disembarked from the vehicle, Mutodi discovered that US$1 400-00 which was in the vehicle had disappeared.
Police are still investigating the case.