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How Kenyan woman stole Sh2.4 billion from government of Zimbabwe

By Nyaboga Kiage January 10th, 2023 2 min read

Details of how a Kenyan woman managed to steal Sh2.4 billion from the Zimbabwe government without detection can now be revealed.

In December 2012, Ms Primrose Njeri Mwangi, in cahoots with two others identified as Mr Gerald Pondai and Prosper Hove, hacked into the database of Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) systems and syphoned the colossal amount of cash.

The trio hacked into the Zeepay ZimSwitch system and transferred the money from Zimdef into Maffkett Trading’s Steward Bank account.

They further transferred various amounts to other organisations which include; Atrier Engineering CBZ Bank, Newplaces (Pvt) Limited NBS Bank and Tavaka Holdings accounts.

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The offence came to light on December 28, 2022, when the complainant received an email alerting them of the transactions.

Mr Pondai and Hove are still at large and are being sort by the Zimbabwean authorities’ over theft of the funbd.

This week, Ms Njeri was arraigned in a Harare Court before Magistrate Stanford Mambanje to face fraud charges.

The prosecution alleges that Nyeri then used the money transferred into her company’s account to purchase bulk cooking oil.

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In addition to the fraud charges, Ms Njeri is also accused of violating the conditions of her tourist visa by working or conducting business in Zimbabwe.

Her visitor’s entry certificate gave her just one month as a tourist between December 14th and January 14th.

A decision on the case is yet to be made by the courts so that she may know her fate as investigations go on.

According to Zimdef’s website the company was established by section 23 of the Manpower Planning and Development Act, 1984 (now revised Manpower Planning and Development Act Chapter 28:02 of 1996) with a broad objective of financing the development of critical and highly skilled manpower in Zimbabwe.

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