Defence ministry loses thousands to fraudulent activities

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Peter Muchakazi centre is said to have made false representations to the ministry, claiming that Defence House had received cleaning services from Maids on Wheels (Pvt) Ltd
  • Two Defense House employees con ministry
  • The employees would produce invoices for work not outsourced

DEFENCE and War Veterans ministry Director of Procurement and an accountant on Thursday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’Courts facing fraud charges.

Accused, Peter Muchakazi (55) and Kunofiwa Mervyn Madondo (58), made false representations to the ministry, claiming that Defence House had received cleaning services from Maids on Wheels (Pvt) Ltd.

Magistrate Francis Mapfumo granted Muchakazi ZWL5 000 bail while Madondo paid ZWL3 000.

The two were asked to surrender their passports, reside at their given addresses and not visit Defence House.

The two were also asked to report three times weekly at the nearest police station.

Prosectour Audrey Chogumaira told court that the accused from March to June 2019 connived with Danison Muvandi – who is on the run – to con the Defence and War Veterans ministry through misrepresentations, claiming Defence House had received cleaning services from Maids on Wheels (Pvt) Ltd when in actual fact not any such services had been rendered.

Muchakazi, contrary to his duties, reportedly made fake invoices during the time under consideration, defrauding government of  thousands from March to May last year.

The total amount of money raised from the fake invoices breached RTGS300 000, representing the figure the two allegedly caused government to lose.

Corruption in government is not only limited to Defence House, with other departments such as the Central Vehicle Registration and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority topping the list.

Civil servants rank among some of the least paid employees in the country, taking home at most less than US$100 per month.

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