HARARE – The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) inspectors yesterday raided scores of parastatals across Harare, probing allegations of corruption.
Zacc has been given a High Court order to investigate claims of financial irregularities at several government parastatals.
The court order okayed the raid on the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara), Zesa Holdings, NetOne, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz), City of Harare, Kingstons and the Transport ministry.
According to a source close to the investigations, at the City of Harare, Zacc officers seized documents pertaining to the sale of all of the council’s Rufaro Marketing beer halls, where allegations have been levelled against the council for awarding the premises to sitting councillors and MPs.
It is alleged that Zacc officials also seized documents relating to tenders for water treatment chemicals.
An impeccable source claimed MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s eldest son Edwin is also under probe by Zacc.
The source said Tsvangirai’s daughter Vimbai is also the subject of an investigation following the participation of a South African company with links to her in the tender process for choosing the supplier of other water treatment chemicals.
“Similar raids will be made today in Harare South Constituency where cooperatives and senior government officials linked to Zanu PF are believed to have duped people into buying stands which were not backed by government approval,” the source said.
The source further said investigations will be spread to Bulawayo, where they will also look into the procurement process of water treatment chemicals and housing cooperatives.
The current searches come at a time when NetOne senior management were placed on forced leave to allow an audit into the affairs of the company following suspicion that the mobile phone company could have been prejudiced of millions of dollars, through a scam involving management, service providers and suppliers.
According to a Zacc official, the net is also going to be cast wider to reach Caaz, where senior management led by David Chawota is accused of awarding supplier contracts to companies where they have an interest.
Zinara is also being investigated over its operations which include dualisation of major roads and tolling tenders carried out by Group Five International, a consortium involving a South African company and local firms.
“At Zesa Holdings, they are looking at all the tenders, including pre-paid meters and all power projects, where controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo has been heavily spotlighted,” the source said.
Under spotlight also is the Gaeresi, Mutare and Kariba South Extension, where Sino Hydro is involved with its technical partners, according to the source.