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Zinara chair promises more arrests

ZIMBABWE National Road Administration (Zinara) board chairperson Michael Madanha has revealed that they have reported corruption and prejudice cases mentioned in the Grant Thornton Forensic audit report to the police and Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc).

Madanha told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport, chaired by Shamva North MP Oscar Gorerino, that they are acting on the Grant Thornton forensic audit report which established that road agency lost over US$71 million through corruption.

“We have reported all the cases to the police and Zacc. We are not going to protect anyone. We are currently engaging a loss control officer to quantify the loss and expedite the process” said the Zinara board chairperson.

Former Zinara chief executive Frank Chitukutuku and ex-finance director Simon Taranhike are among the organisation’s officials who have been arrested on allegations of criminal abuse of office and corruption.

Zinara acting finance director Wishes Mauwa, who also appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport, said many projects funded by the road agency were not satisfactorily completed.

Mauwa revealed that Tencraft was awarded a US$1 082 000 contract in 2010 to do an eight-kilometre stretch of road in Midlands but only 80 percent completed despite the fact that the project was fully paid.

Also, in the Midlands, the provincial road engineer won a contract in 2011 to re-gravel a 25-kilometre stretch of road in Gokwe but only completed 11 kilometres of the project despite being paid $994 687.

“In Mashonaland West, Sanyati Rural District Council (RDC), a project was awarded to Foreight in 2012: the Kadoma-Chegutu 26km road. The contract was for US$1,5 million. 20km were completed with no drain and six kilometres were not done.

“In Makoni RDC, a company called Ascoted was supposed to work on 37km road and 10km were completed with no drains, the contract value was US$1,5 million,” said Mauwa.

The Transport committee chairperson Gorerino, however, demanded that Zinara furnishes Parliament with comprehensive details on those facing prosecution as well as actions which are being taken to recover money prejudiced by contractors.

“We also received information that someone from the Transport ministry called the City Council saying, if you don’t award the contract to a certain company, you will not get any funding. While your board efforts are commendable members fear that you might be hiding some information,” said Gorerino.

In response, Madanha said Zinara was determined to address all issues raised in the audit report by June. He said some culprits have not been prosecuted yet because they are still coming up with the quantum of losses from the prejudice due to lack of cooperation from the previous management.

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