Instructor turns vehicles into personalised assets, starts own business

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A driving instructor who reportedly got away with two of his boss’ vehicles without giving proper explanation of his whereabouts, starts his own business be apprehended at the Vehicle Instruction Depot (VID) where he was operating one of the vehicles has appeared in court.

Happiness Mhonda (42) appeared before Harare Magistrate Francis Mapfumo for trial on charges of unauthorised use of property and theft.

His employer, one of the shareholders ay Anathoth Driving school narrated his ordeal today in court;

“On October 21, Mhonda came to my place of residence driving one of our cars, a Toyota Vitz which was supposed to be used the following day at a road test. We gave him another car as well which he was supposed to use for driving lessons. He was expected to bring back both vehicles at 0900hours after the road test and way after the agreed time we called to enquire with him as he was in no show.

“He indicated that he was coming and that he needed an hour to bring back the cars but he did not show up. We tried calling him again then he was no longer picking our calls. We tried to contact him, sending him messages to the effect that he could ask for assistance in the event that he had run into any problems.

“Later during that day the phone went through and he indicated that there had been an urgent family matter that had come up in line with his failure to pay full  bride price to his in-laws but again he was not speaking clearly of the problem he had encountered and he insisted that he would bring the cars in an hours time. By that time pressure was mounting up at the office as so many people who had paid for lessons and even booked for road tests could not be helped as he had gone away with two cars.

“There came one student who requested to see him specifically indicating that he had paid money to Mhonda but had not been issued with any receipt, that moment it became apparent that he was having side dealings with the cars without our knowledge, receiving monies from potential clients but was not remitting them to the company’s coffers.

“We made a police report and tried to have the cars tracked down only for him to be found at Eastlea VID with one of the cars leading to his arrest.”

Prosecuting, Nginidzashe Vurayayi alleges that Mhonda used the vehicles without authorisation from the owners and also stole money from the student whom he had not given a receipt or booked for lessons.

Mhonda is in custody after he failed to pay $300 bail granted by court.

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