Praz set to curb graft

Source: Praz set to curb graft – The Standard June 2, 2019 Staff Reporter Procurement systems are key instruments for delivering public service and stimulating economic development in Zimbabwe, World Bank country representative Mukumi Kariuki has said. Speaking at the official launch of the Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) last week, Kariuki said the Bretton […]

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Source: Praz set to curb graft – The Standard June 2, 2019

Staff Reporter

Procurement systems are key instruments for delivering public service and stimulating economic development in Zimbabwe, World Bank country representative Mukumi Kariuki has said.

Speaking at the official launch of the Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) last week, Kariuki said the Bretton Woods institution wanted to help strengthen Zimbabwe’s systems for reconstruction and development with a focus on stabilisation and reform, development and poverty alleviation.

The creation of Praz was funded part in by a US$2 million grant from the World Bank through the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiated at the launch of Praz in Harare last week where he urged public officials to desist from corruption.

Mnangagwa said some government departments were inflating prices in the procurement processes for essential capital goods and ordered that such malpractices must stop forthwith.

“The past culture of collusion between public officials and cartels or third parties in our procurement systems should stop,” he said.

“My government will not tolerate such filthy criminal greedy tendencies.”

“In some cases, contracts were awarded without following the proper tender procedures while awarding committee members sometimes doubled as contractors. These procurement malpractices in both the private and public sectors must certainly stop”.

Praz was previously known as the State Procurement Board.

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Gold miner stabs ZDF soldier with Colombian knife following dispute over girlfriend

A 22-YEAR-OLD artisanal gold miner was slapped with a 12-month jail term on Friday by a Bindura magistrate for stabbing a ZDF soldier with a knife following a dispute over a girlfriend at a local bar. Talktek Sibanda was convicted by magistrate Maria M…

A 22-YEAR-OLD artisanal gold miner was slapped with a 12-month jail term on Friday by a Bindura magistrate for stabbing a ZDF soldier with a knife following a dispute over a girlfriend at a local bar. Talktek Sibanda was convicted by magistrate Maria Musika, who suspended six months of the sentence on condition of good […]

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VETERAN artiste Aaron Chiundura Moyo has anointed his last born son, Tatenda, as the heir to his arts throne, this publication has established. The multi-talented arts practitioner who recently turned 69, has of late become more concerned about his afterlife. Chiundura Moyo is not married but has three known children, two boys and a girl. […]

Doctor protests cop’s conduct 

Source: Doctor protests cop’s conduct – The Standard June 2, 2019 Staff Reporter A Harare medical doctor Johannes Marisa has raised a complaint with the police over the handling of a traffic case involving Mabvuku Police traffic section citing “falsification of evidence”. In a letter, dated May 28, 2019 directed to Police Commissioner General Godwin […]

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Source: Doctor protests cop’s conduct – The Standard June 2, 2019

Staff Reporter

A Harare medical doctor Johannes Marisa has raised a complaint with the police over the handling of a traffic case involving Mabvuku Police traffic section citing “falsification of evidence”.

In a letter, dated May 28, 2019 directed to Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga, Marisa said he was not happy with the way his wife’s case following an accident was handled by a named police officer at the traffic section at Mabvuku Police Station.

“My wife, Lovert Marisa, was involved in a road accident around January 14 2019 when she was hit on the right back by a Delta Beverages driver, who was under instruction,” said Marisa in a letter also copied to Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema.

“We thought it was just a simple case that required a mere fine by the other part so that we would process insurance papers. The diagrams are clear and well-drawn in the docket.

The doctor, who at some point served in the ZRP Crime consultative committees in Harare, said several efforts to engage the investigating officer hit officer hit a brick wall.

“I got the shock of my life when the investigating officer stated that Mrs Marisa was being charged with negligent driving. I personally disputed that and highlighted to him that he was trying to protect the other party, the Delta driver,” Marisa noted in the letter.

Marisa said he had approached several top police officers and they are yet to react.

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Chitungwiza Hospital ‘privatisation’ blocked 

Source: Chitungwiza Hospital ‘privatisation’ blocked – The Standard June 2, 2019 By Staff Reporter The government was forced to abandon private partnerships at Chitungwiza Central Hospital after it emerged that the public health institution was being used by private players to make money, it has been revealed. The decision to suspend the arrangement was reached […]

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Source: Chitungwiza Hospital ‘privatisation’ blocked – The Standard June 2, 2019

By Staff Reporter

The government was forced to abandon private partnerships at Chitungwiza Central Hospital after it emerged that the public health institution was being used by private players to make money, it has been revealed.

The decision to suspend the arrangement was reached after an internal special audit by the Health and Child Care ministry in 2017 at the time the new minister Obadiah Moyo was the CEO.

Conducted between July 17 2017 to 2018, following a request by the ministry, the audit exposed that Moyo presided over partnerships with various companies at the hospitals that were not benefiting the public.

Some of the partnerships include the management of the pharmacy, the radiotherapy unit, laboratory, mortuary, catering and finance, which exposed patients to higher costs while the health centre was getting little benefits.

According to the report, the partnerships resulted in partners gaining more than the hospital. Documents revealed that the hospital executive lacked legal advice in the formulation of the agreements.

“The revenue collected by the hospital declined from a monthly average of $315 740 in 2013 to $75 090 in 2017.

“As a result, the hospital was failing to pay its suppliers of goods and services thus compromising service delivery,” part of the report dated October 24, 2017 read.

The report was directed to permanent secretary in the ministry Gerald Gwinji and copied to principal directors in the ministry as well as the Comptroller Auditor-General.

Partners running the radiography section, laboratory, mortuary and pharmacy, the report claimed — were all collecting the revenue generated and banking the money in their bank accounts and the hospital’s accounts department was not involved.

“The hospital did not have any effective system for determining profits made by partners although their contracts stated that the commission remitted was based on the profit generated.

“This posed a risk of understated profits, leading to low commissions being remitted to the hospital,” the report observed.

The partners were neither paying commissions as agreed, nor availing books of accounts to the hospital accounts department for verification of the commission remitted.

Pricing of the medicines by the private pharmacy, Baloon Flight Pharmaceuticals, was not covered in the contract, resulting in most medicines being priced beyond the reach of the patients.

A mortuary was also turned into a funeral parlour by Doves Funeral Services, which saw people being charged $15 in “storage fees” after three days to keep bodies of their relatives.

Investigators said the practice was against government’s promise to provide Zimbabweans with affordable health.

The contracts also did not take into consideration overheads, which were borne by the hospital.

“Despite several breaches by the partners, the hospital management did not formally write to the former, calling for remedies as per contracts,” the report read.

The alleged irregularities forced Gwinji to order the hospital to wind off the conracts within 60 days in a letter to Moyo dated June 25, 2018, two months before he was appointed Health minister.

However, in response the hospital said the joint ventures were not about making the hospital profitable, but ensuring reliable service delivery.

“The main idea of the joint venture project (JVPs) was guaranteed services not profit making. Hence the revenue was to drop since the services are now being offered by partners and only an agreed percentage accrued to the hospital,” the hospital said in a response dated January 25, 2017.

The hospital claimed the radiographic equipment as repaired with the partners meeting the costs.

It denied accusations that partners were rejecting medical aid, and defended the charging for bodies in the mortuary after three days saying it was done to encourage early burials.

In another letter dated February 16, 2018 to the chief internal auditor in the ministry, Moyo said the issue of joint ventures was mooted during the hyperinflation era when hospitals were no long able to provide services.

He said the private sector intervention was approved by the ministry due to meagre funding from Treasury.

Moyo also attached tender documents and financial statistics to show that everything was done above board.

“In conclusion, JVPs will continue to be relevant in the absence of adequate funding and it is our fervent belief that the services will continue to improve with more experience gained and model implementation at other health institutions,” he wrote.

 

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We’re ready to confront Zanu PF, says Chamisa

Source: We’re ready to confront Zanu PF, says Chamisa – The Standard June 2, 2019 The big interview BY OBEY MANAYITI BOUYED by his victory at the just-ended MDC congress, the party’s leader Nelson Chamisa says he is ready to confront President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF. The 41-year-old former student leader was elected unopposed to […]

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Source: We’re ready to confront Zanu PF, says Chamisa – The Standard June 2, 2019

The big interview BY OBEY MANAYITI

BOUYED by his victory at the just-ended MDC congress, the party’s leader Nelson Chamisa says he is ready to confront President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF.

The 41-year-old former student leader was elected unopposed to succeed the late Morgan Tsvangirai at the congress held between May 23 and 25.

Chamisa (NC) told our senior reporter Obey Manayiti that the MDC will use peaceful demonstrations to nudge Zanu PF to introduce a number of reforms to address the issue of disputed elections.

He said the party would “emphasise on political dialogue to resolve and settle our various political national questions.”

He also spoke about his plans to transform the MDC into a vibrant party and healing rifts caused by contestations ahead of the congress. Below is the full interview.

OM: Congratulations on your appointment as Morgan Tsvangirai’s successor at the helm of the MDC. Can you take us through the journey to that influential leadership role?

NC: Thank you very much and first I want to thank all Zimbabweans in general and in particular the MDC family for bestowing on me trust, confidence and honour and this important responsibility to lead the people’s movement, the party of excellence into victory.

As you may be aware, we had a lot of issues around the passage or the transition from our icon to the new order.

A lot of people didn’t understand that whatever we did was full of the organisational interests and what the constitution allows.

We allowed the constitutional order to be used and implemented to avoid instability in the organisation for purposes of winning the elections and indeed we succeeded.

Zanu PF expected us to do things that would destabilise the party and we definitely had to do what president Tsvangirai wanted himself.

He wanted the MDC to be united and the alliance to be a vehicle to which we would go into the election and he wanted those that had left the party to come back and that is exactly what we did.

We are happy we are where we are. Most of the things, as you know, he is the one who had already made certain arrangements for purposes of making sure the organisation will not face jeopardy.

OM: Since its formation in 1999 the MDC has gone through several splits with the major one happening in 2005. What are you doing as the new leader of the party to bring back those that left?

NC: All our comrades who had left are already back in the fold and we are happy that the MDC is back to its original form, if not better.

You can tell by the momentum in the country, the mood in the country that the party has reclaimed its mojo, the party is on the rise and the party is getting bigger and stronger, better if not best.

We are so excited and we will continue, if there are any other members who are willing to come to the party who were there originally (they are welcome) but most of them are now back.

OM: Is there any chance of you reuniting with the likes of Thokozani Khupe, who led the recent group to break away from the mainstream party?

NC: First of all, there was no breakaway. We had three individuals who were expelled from the party and whom I understand have gone to form their own political party, which is represented in Parliament.

The gates and doors are open for all democrats, all Zimbabweans.

MDC is an excellent home to all progressive and democratic players in the country and that is why you see that we have our big tent philosophy, which is about embracing all to this great family of democrats.

We are ready to receive them as and when they have seen the light and of course as and when they realise the necessity of compounding our issues.

They obviously have to amend their ways in terms of disrespecting organs and institutions of the party.

OM: The outcome of the congress said some officials that held senior positions in the previous administration being reduced to ordinary members. What will you do to reunite the party?

NC: I don’t know where you are getting this view that a person is reduced or increased on account of a position.

We are members of the MDC first and foremost and being a member is the most important entitlement and honour for all party members.

As for deployment to a particular position, that becomes really a privilege but I must say that no member has been reduced (to anything).

Elections do not reduce members or elections do not strip people of their honour and integrity as full members.

Elections actually embolden our collective membership as a family.

Not a single leader has been reduced into an ordinary member in the party.

In our party leadership is not positional, you don’t become a leader on account of a position.

You are a leader on account of your membership, everyone is a member, so all those who didn’t make it to the standing committee will be deployed strategically according to talent and skill reposed by those fellow distinguished comrades.

OM: What is your reaction to criticism that those who once abandoned the party and your former colleagues in the student union movement have taken over the MDC?

NC: Well, I don’t understand where that is coming from.

We are not a student union body but a political party and the MDC was formed by over 32 civic groups, including traditional institutions being represented and also war veterans, women’s groups and youths groups.

We draw our membership from a cross section of sectors and we elected our leadership, which is a rich mix of different people from different backgrounds.

I can tell you that (MDC vice-president) Professor (Welshman) Ncube does not have the student union background. I can also tell you that (vice-president) Mai (Lynette) Kore is not from the student union background and I can tell you that (chairperson) honourable Thabitha Khumalo is not from that background, but we don’t look at those labels.

We look at individuals and their competence. I can tell you that the leadership we have is the best we have had in a long time, in fact the MDC is now stronger, bigger and better.

We are now in the original position if not better. The only missing element in the MDC is the departed comrades, president Tsvangirai included, but I can tell you that the party is stronger and vibrant.

I felt privileged that at the age of 40 I am presiding over a very serious and competent team, which has been given the task of democratising our country and liberating our people.

It’s no mean task, it’s no mean duty but I can tell you that we have an indomitable and formidable team that has the best brains, vibrancy and capacity and we are ready to unite and move the struggle to a new level but more importantly to build our country and sign a new course for it.

I want to say that we have buried the time for blame and lame excuses, it’s now all shoulders to the block and all hands on deck.

OM: What are your short term plans for the MDC, considering the many challenges facing the party and indeed the country in general?

NC: We have just concluded our historic fifth congress, historic because the people made it historic.

I must say that this must have made Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai very happy because the congress was not only peaceful but resoundingly successful.

It bestowed evidence that God is in it and God is in charge of our processes and people are behind it and they are supporting it.

We are very clear that we have a task in the short-term to reorganise the party, regenerate the party, modernise the party and make it efficient at an administrative level, politically revisiting our strategic weapons to make sure that we are ready for the task at hand.

We also adopted far-reaching resolutions. We are also making sure that we strengthen and renew the organisation, making sure that we reinvigorate the structures and make it a grassroots-based party, focusing on the branches, focusing on the rural and farming areas, making sure that if anything, the whole country unite in love, unite in the small dots of smart politics which is what we have done.

The third issue in the short-term is to also review the way we engage with our colleagues in Zanu PF.

We believe in active non-violent and peaceful demonstrations and in that engagement we are emphasising on political dialogue to resolve and settle our various political national questions.

This is basically on the strategies and tactics and the kind of elections that we want.

We don’t want a vicious cycle of disputed and contested elections. We need to resolve this by having a raft of comprehensive reforms.

The fifth one is on our administrative side. We need to stop this whole thing of having elections and not being able to field polling agents, we need to be administratively able to harness the capacity of experts who are able to run this organisation like a blue chip company.

So you will see the MDC beginning to capitalise, buying buses, having vehicles in every province and district level, just to make sure the party develops in a manner that has never been seen before.

Internationally we need to deepen our relations with our friends on the continent and broaden that footprint globally to make sure that we have solidarity networks of democratic forces.

Lastly it is about the leadership culture, in the short-term we will make sure that we have an alternative plan.

MPs are going to be monitored and evaluated, we will have score cards and we are going to rate them in terms of their performance and go back to constituencies and ask people about their MPs and councillors.

It’s no longer business as usual but business unusual. The game has changed in a new direction.

OM: In your view, what needs to be done to solve Zimbabwe’s multi-faceted economic and political crisis?

NC: Well, we have said that the crisis in Zimbabwe is a crisis of legitimacy, the crisis of governance and the crisis of political stalemate. The problem is political.

The only way is to have genuine political dialogue between Zanu PF and MDC and others but after having cleared the way on the real issue so that we are able to resolve key political questions around legitimacy and comprehensive reforms.

I have seen what Zanu PF is trying to do through Parliament, unilaterally pushing piecemeal and cosmetic reforms. There has to be reforms supported by all the people in Zimbabwe.

What they are doing is something that will not build confidence because it is not agreed on, it is partisan and it is not inclusive enough.

Reforms have to be instituted politically and legislatively, reforms that are aligning our politics to our constitution, reforms that are aligning our circumstances to the dictates and demands of the citizens and those reforms and important.

We also need national healing and nation building and peacebuilding.

OM: The government accuses you of plotting violent demonstrations, which you want to use to topple Mnangagwa. What would be the purpose of those protests?

NC: They have always institutionalised lies and deception, typical of a leopard that accusing it’s offspring of smelling like a goat in order to try and justify eating or cannibalising your own, but let me tell you this and I will say it now and forever more, wee are not going to allow a situation where there is violence in the country.

We believe in peaceful politics and democratisation.

We believe in non-violence and that is what we are going to be pursuing.

If we are going to demonstrate, it is constitutional, if we are to demonstrate it is allowed because an unhappy people have a right to demonstrate.

There is nothing untoward in demonstrating.

In any case, we are demonstrating to ask them to come to the negotiating table.

It is not as if we are demonstrating to run over them because we believe in the constitutional order but why is it that they are so scared of dialogue?

Why is it that all the time they always think about violence? Why are they always thinking of spilling blood?

They must not panic but must address issues raised by the people.

We are peacemakers, we are doves and we are ready to smoke a peace pipe with those who love peace, but we will not allow macho tactics and funny tactics by those who want to intimidate us — that we will not allow.

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Probe unearths Zesa rot …Govt vows to recover lost funds

Source: Probe unearths Zesa rot …Govt vows to recover lost funds | Sunday Mail Brian Chitemba Investigations Editor SHOCKING revelations of deep-seated rot and corporate malfeasance have been unearthed at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), where millions of United States dollars were siphoned through elaborate schemes of overpayments, purchase of obsolete equipment, luxury vehicles […]

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Source: Probe unearths Zesa rot …Govt vows to recover lost funds | Sunday Mail

Brian Chitemba
Investigations Editor

SHOCKING revelations of deep-seated rot and corporate malfeasance have been unearthed at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), where millions of United States dollars were siphoned through elaborate schemes of overpayments, purchase of obsolete equipment, luxury vehicles and accessories for the parastatal’s executives.

The findings, which are contained in a voluminous 6000-page report dated January 22 2019, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), have been described by the newly appointed Minister of Energy and Power Development, Advocate Fortune Chasi, as “horrendous” and “frightening”.

The probe was ordered by the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and the Office of the Auditor-General, Mrs Mildred Chiri, in April 2018.

The new political administration has moved in to clear the rot which happened during the old dispensation.

According to investigations, Zesa Holdings and its subsidiaries — Zesa Enterprises (Zent), Powertel, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) — haemorrhaged millions of dollars through rampant corruption and gross mismanagement.

Questionable procurement

Most notably, investigators unearthed a curious pattern through which the parastatals’ management disregarded procurement regulations and invariably overpaid for critical materials needed by Zesa.

Red flags were mainly raised over the questionable relationship between the power utility and Indian firm PME Power Solutions, which was roped-in in 2010 to supply transformers for various suburbs in Harare.

Zesa, through Zent, signed four contracts with PME on November 26 2010 for materials for Glen Norah, Epworth, Mufakose and Greystone substations.

While Zent was supposed to make a down payment of US$6,2 million to PME, it reportedly overpaid by US$3,2 million, particularly at a time when the unit was experiencing cash flow problems.

PwC concluded that “by making the advance payment to PME in excess of the amount due by US$3 207 680 and taking into consideration that Zent had been experiencing cash flow problems in the period under review, this further worsened Zent’s cash flow position.”

It was also alleged that Zent paid PME US$11 million without purchase orders, in breach of Section 45 (c) of the Public Finance Management Act and the Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) between the two entities, which states that materials were to be supplied after a written request.

However, Zent managers who were interviewed by the PwC blamed Zesa’s group chief executive officer, Engineer Joshua Chifamba, for the anomaly.

He, however, denied the charges.

But auditors accuse Eng Chifamba for authorising the overpayment using a facility from the CBZ.

They also recommend disciplinary action against officials culpable of the anomaly.

But there seemed to have been a suspicious relationship between Zesa and the Indian firm, which bled the parastatal through inflating the cost of supplied materials. A comparative survey of materials supplied by PME and five other companies — Industrial Production Solutions, Zhengzhou LP Industry, Wilee (Transwire) South Africa, Dash Petroleum and Energy Services (India) — indicated that prices of PME’s products were inflated by more than 47 percent.

When concern was raised on the extortionate prices, PME purportedly reviewed its prices by between 12 percent and 20 percent without objection.

Notwithstanding the price review, Zesa, however, still paid Value Added Tax (VAT) to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) based on the high invoice values, prejudicing Zesa of more than US$450 000.

It is also believed that Zent could have wasted US$1,5 million from purchasing equipment such as transformer testers, regulators, transformers, alternators and capacity voltage dividers that were never used until some of the software became outdated.

Some of the materials were bought as far back as 1998 and 2011.

It was the same pattern for other subsidiaries such as ZETDC, which reportedly paid Pito Investment and Enleaver US$2,9 million for works and materials without advance guarantees that are meant to hedge the company against prejudice.

Some of ZETDC buyers even source quotations via the telephone in contravention of standing procurement regulations and company procedures.

Flashy lifestyles

Zesa Holdings’ reportedly splurged US$600 000 between 2012 and 2017 on executive vehicles for Eng Chifamba.

He took delivery of a Mercedes Benz S350 worth US$209 202.93 on June 10, 2011 before buying a Toyota Landcruiser (ACO3070) valued at US$175 790 on March 23, 2012.

He topped up his top-of-the range fleet with a Mercedes Benz GL350D (ADY9279) worth US$126 785.22.

On July 12, 2017, Eng Chifamba also got a Toyota Fortuner, which set the parastatal back by US$65 789.55.

Eng Chifamba’s contract did not put a cap on the value of the vehicle the CEO could buy, which effectively gave him a blank cheque.

Zesa’s group financial controller Mr Eliab Chikwenhere also took part in the looting frenzy as he was allocated a Toyota Landcruiser worth US$156 087.47 in 2009, exceeding his contractual limit of US$130 000.

He was given another luxury car — a Mercedes Benz E300 (ACR 2230) — valued at US$119 465.27 in 2012 — three years after he got the Landcruiser.

It later turned out that Mr Chikwenhere was the only executive who was given luxury cars after three years while others got their allocations after five years.

Zesa also splashed US$116 861.80 on a Toyota Prado (ABL0185) for Zesa corporate accounting manager, a Mr J Mapillar, way above his contractual limit of US$110 000.

Atleast 17 Zent managers also got  iPads worth US$20 000.

The subsidiary also did not heed the parastatal’s procurement regulations (Section 2.1 of the Zesa Holdings Procurement Policy, Norms and Procedures Manual), which stipulate that purchase of goods above US$10 000 should go to tender.

Chivayo again

PwC also queried circumstances surrounding the award of a 100MW solar power plant development project to Intratreck Zimbabwe, which is fronted by flashy ex-convict Mr Wicknell Chivayo, even after the company came second to China Jiangxi during the adjudication process.

Apparently, Intratreck’s quoted project cost of US$248 million was US$65 million more than the Chinese firm’s fee.

But Intratreck later approached ZPC and requested to be considered for the project at a revised cost. The request was suspiciously acceded to.

The terms of the original tender were subsequently altered, which attracted a US$900 penalty for ZPC from the then State Procurement Board (SPB) for the variation.

It got worse.

ZPC decided to pay US$5 million to Intratreck for feasibility and other pre-commencement works.

PwC also discovered that while feasibility studies usually stretch for about six months or more, Intratreck completed its own exercise within one month.

“The feasibility study for the Gwanda Solar project carried out by a non-independent consultant, Shanghai Electric, who were selected by Intratrek Zimbabwe, the contractor. The selection of Shanghai Electric by Intratrek Zimbabwe brings into question the independence and objectivity of Shanghai Electric and hence the results of the feasibility study.

“The feasibility study was carried out in a space of one month when in practice, based on information obtained from various ZPC representatives, feasibility studies would take six months or more,” read part of the damning report.

To date, no meaningful development has taken place at the project site.

Minister Fortune Chasi said Government would move heaven and earth to recover all the misappropriated funds.

“It shows you that all the boards that existed during the time when all these things were happening were not appropriate boards. There were no systems that could pick such misdeeds by the staff,” said Minister Chasi.

Added Minister Chasi: “The onus is on the new board to implement the recommendations of the audit report, part of which is to ensure that everyone who is liable for any wrongdoing is actually brought to book and that the quantifiable damage or loss they caused the entity and the people of Zimbabwe is recovered from them.

“The report is evidence of serious lack of good corporate governance at Zesa and the important need of the parent ministry to take an active interest in what is happening and follow up on issues,” he said.

Former Zesa bosses, including the ex-group CEO Eng Chifamba, ZETDC managing director Engineer Julian Chinembiri and his finance director Ms Thokozani Dhliwayo, are already facing criminal abuse of office charges.

These revelations come at a time when the power utility introduced a load-shedding schedule, which has seen residents and business enduring long hours without electricity.

 

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BAZ bans music star Tocky’s song ‘Binga’ from airwaves (WATCH VIDEO)

SERIAL hit-maker Tocky Vibes has expressed shock and disbelief at the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ)’s recent move to ban his song — “African Queen” (Binga) — from the airwaves. The song, which is part of the “Villager’s Money Volume 1”, an a…

SERIAL hit-maker Tocky Vibes has expressed shock and disbelief at the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ)’s recent move to ban his song — “African Queen” (Binga) — from the airwaves. The song, which is part of the “Villager’s Money Volume 1”, an album exclusively released on iTunes a fortnight ago, had started making waves on […]

Thousands to attend Kamandama Memorial Service 

Source: Thousands to attend Kamandama Memorial Service – NewsDay Zimbabwe By Staff Reporter Over 2 300 people are expected to attend the 47th Kamandama Memorial Service, which is set to take place at the Hwange Colliery on Thursday next week. The memorial is held every year on June 6 to remember the 427 miners who […]

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Source: Thousands to attend Kamandama Memorial Service – NewsDay Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter

Over 2 300 people are expected to attend the 47th Kamandama Memorial Service, which is set to take place at the Hwange Colliery on Thursday next week.

The memorial is held every year on June 6 to remember the 427 miners who perished at Hwange Colliery Company’s underground mine. The tragedy took place when an underground explosion occurred at the No.2 Colliery shaft, then known as Kamandama. It remains the deadliest mine accident to date in both the history of Zimbabwe and internationally. It is ranked number eight in the world’s worst mines disasters list. At 10:25am, a minute of silence is observed in remembrance.

Hwange Colliery Company corporate affairs manager Rugare Dobbie said among the people expected to attend the event at the Memorial Shrine were 71 widows of the tragic disaster, their dependants, Hwange Colliery employees, local business community, various trade unions, churches, business associates, suppliers, customers and strategic partners.

She said a day before the event, Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo is expected to officiate at the Kamandama Memorial Fundraising Golf Tournament that will be held at Hwange Golf Club.

“For the golf tournament, about 120 amateur golfers are expected to take to the greens at the Hwange Golf Club for a worthy cause since the thrust of the event is to fundraise for the widows and dependants of the 1972 Kamandama Mine Disaster,” Dobbie said.

She said the organising team has set the target for this year’s fundraising at $30 000.

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