4 Anti-graft bosses fired for corruption

THE extent of graft in Zimbabwe was perhaps revealed when four managers at the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) were suspended on allegations of engaging in underhand dealings.

Stop_corruptionInvestigations manager, Sukai Tongogara, Christopher Chisango, Finance, Administration and Human Resources, Edwin Mubataripi, Prevention and Advocacy and Gibson Mangwiro; Chief Accountant or Finance were named as the four that were suspended by ZACC.

According to the state media, the four were suspended last week although specific details of their offences and suspensions have yet to be known.

But it is understood that their suspensions are connected to jailed former ZACC CEO, Ngonidzashe Gumbo, who was convicted for fleecing the anti-graft body of over $430 000.

The former senior ZRP cop was convicted after it was proved that he bought offices for the commission in Harare, using state funds only for him to register the property under a company owned by himself and his four colleagues.

Details of the crime were that when the commission was facing eviction from their rented offices the bosses at the anti-graft body raised an SOS, asking the state to assist with alternative accommodation.

On being granted the green light to go ahead and identify a house Gumbo identified a property in Mount Pleasant for whose purchase the state transferred $1, 7 million into a ZACC account.

Gumbo, Tongogara, Mubataripi, Chisango and Mangwiro then formed a shelf company where they became directors with equal shares.

ZACC then reportedly deposited the $1 680 000 into a CBZ account for Perpetual Properties trust where it is thought that Gumbo’s daughter was an administrator.

Perpetual Properties then paid $1.2 million to owner of the Mount Pleasant House and then deducted their commission, leaving a balance of $435 500.

$160 000 was then transferred for the purchase of a property owned by Poptechnologies where Gumbo is a director while one Da Silva got $100 000, while another of Gumbo’s business colleagues received $95 000.

Gumbo reportedly allocated $80 000 for renovations.

A Herald report said ZACC chairman, Job Wabira, would neither deny nor confirm the development saying “the matter is not for newspapers”.

He, however, confirmed that the four managers were “not” reporting for duty “for now.”

 

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