Two police officers deployed to guard the late Vice President John Landa Nkomo yesterday appeared before a Bulawayo magistrate in connection with theft of clothes and other items with a combined value of $7 500.
The pair, Costa Fandi (25) and Hillary Ncube (29) yesterday appeared before Witness Takunda Mtetwa who deferred their bail hearing to Tuesday.
The officials from the Police Protection Unit were arrested last Friday for allegedly stealing property from the late VP’s residence in Worringham suburb in Bulawayo.
The police officers, who were reportedly detained at the Hillside Police Station, allegedly stole a laptop, a plasma television screen and clothes.
The case against the two, presented by the state led by Tarisai Mataruse is that they were deployed to guard the late VP’s home, but allegedly stole the property after his burial.
“A plasma television screen, a laptop and (some) clothes from three suitcases were stolen from the VP’s residence while the two were on guard. It is suspected that they stole the property, leading to their arrest on Friday,” said Mataruse.
Among other valuables were late Nkomo’s silver sword, camera, binoculars, white vests and a hat.
The pair stayed at the VP’s residence for 15 days, during which they are suspected to have committed the offence.
Nkomo died last month after a long battle with cancer.