A 32-year-old Gweru man who leaked photos of a consignment invoice of bond coins from South Africa last week has appeared in court charged for contravening the Official Secrets Act.
Tinashe Sikwila, who is employed as a driver by a South African company, Prestige Carriers appeared before Harare magistrate, Ms Josphine Sande yesterday for allegedly taking pictures of the consignment invoice, which ended up circulating on social media.
State prosecutor, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa told the court that on 20 September this year, the accused was assigned to be part of the team escorting two trunks of Zimbabwean bond coins from South Africa as his employer was contracted by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to escort the money.
The court heard that the accused as an employee was entrusted in confidence to provide total maximum security in escorting the money.
It is alleged that during the collection of the bond coins from where they were printed, the accused person took a photograph of the commercial invoice and posted it through whatsapp to his friends.
On the same day, the invoice and the amount of money started circulating on social media, thereby discrediting the security of the escorting team and the government of Zimbabwe.
After being tipped about the leak, upon arrival in Harare all the escorting team was asked to open their whatsapp messages in an effort to establish who could have leaked the security information.
The accused person was found to be the culprit and was arrested.