A nurse based at the Angel of Hope Clinic, which is owned by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has been arrested and charged with theft of three COVID-19 test kits worth US$5.
The nurse, Simbarashe Shayanewako (30), on Friday appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi.
The State, led by Anesu Chirenje opposed bail, saying the accused person was a flight risk and could interfere with State witnesses.
Shayanewako’s lawyer Denford Halimani said he was surprised that the State opposed bail on a US$5 case.
Mangosi initially remanded the accused in custody, but later granted him $1 000 bail.
Shayanewako will appear again in court on 30 November.
The complainant in the matter is Bernard Madzima, a medical doctor.
It is alleged that sometime in May 2021, Shayanewako was in charge of medical equipment at the clinic located at State House and stole three COVID-19 test kits.
A police report was filed, leading to Shayanewako’s arrest.
The State alleges that the stolen property was worth US$5 and nothing was recovered.