The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) has been under the spotlight after a forensic audit unearthed several corrupt activities including irregular tenders and off the book procurement procedures.
Zim Morning Post has it on good authority that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) anti-corruption department have swooped on the bosses implicated in the audit report.
In the wake of the audit report, some senior managers were accused of trying to scuttle investigations through a media blackout.
The Zim Morning Post understands that sometime in April, 1 800 litres of fuel was ‘donated’ by Zinara to members of the media who were closing in on them exposing the rot at the parastatal.
There were also complaints that issues were raised to the effect that some top Zinara officials were trying to get in touch with members of the public accounts portfolio outside of the official parliament business in a bid to ‘gag’ them, hence the need to muzzle the media.
After reports were made, the Special Anti Corruption Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) were deployed to closely investigate the parastatal.
Impeccable sources told this publication that the finance director Simon Taranhike, is one of the bosses being investigated for attempts to conceal corruption and is likely to be picked by the CID to answer to the charges that are being laid against him.
“We understand Taranhike is likely to face charges of criminal abuse of office and as we speak CID is hunting for him,” revealed an inside source.