Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has launched a man-hunt for former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) acting chief executive Moses Julius Juma, who was in October 2018 slapped with a two-year jail term for criminal abuse of office.
The former Zinara Acting Chief Executive Officer is a fugitive from justice, Zacc said in a wanted person notice.
“He was convicted and sentenced for criminal abuse of duty at the Rotten Row Magistrate Court. However, he appealed at the High Court against his conviction and sentence,” Zacc said.
“He lost his appeal and has to serve his sentence. He disappeared soon after the results of his appeal. Anyone with information on his whereabouts to advise the ZACC on the following WhatsApp number 0719529483, http://zacc.online/tipoffs 0242307065/6/70242369602/5/8/14.”
Juma first came to national attention in 2016 when he and then co-accused, former board member Davison Norupiri, who was Zinara’s finance committee chairperson, were released from police custody at the irregular order of then Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko.
Juma was convicted of handpicking, without going to tender back in 2014, a tax consultancy company for a contract worth over US$500 000.
Prosecutors told the court that sometime in 2014, Zinara had a tax obligation with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority amounting to $15 418 133. Zimra later garnished $5 714 587 from Zinara’s account, leaving a balance of $9 703 546.
It was the State’s case that a report was made to the Zinara board by the management for guidance to reduce tax obligations and the parastatal tasked the finance committee chaired by Norupiri to engage a tax consultancy firm.
The State said three tax consultancy firms namely Misfort Tax Consultancy, Excel Tax Consultancy and Central Source Management Consultancy trading as Tax Management Services were chosen to make presentations for tax health check services.
However, on September 23 the same year, the three made presentations and the finance committee recommended Tax Management Services to the procurement committee.
However, without board approval, Juma went on to engage Tax Management Services for other tax advisory services without following proper tender procedures, resulting in Zinara making payment of $577 250 to the company.