Mines Ministry vehicles scandal: Fresh details emerge

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The Ministry of Mines car scandal has taken new twist as former perm sec ,directors are under CID probe

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  • GVT vehicles can only be disposed of after 5 years
  • Mines ministry disposed of vehicles after 2 years
  • Directors then hired CMED vehicles worth $25 000/per month
  • There was looting stampede soon after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s take over of government

Fresh details have emerged in the matter where Ministry of Mines and Mining Development former permanent secretary Munesu Munodawafa allegedly acted in connivance with nine top directors and made irregular purchases of luxurious vehicles for a song.

It is alleged that they bought cars worth $500 000 for the ministry’s use but converted them to personal use and the vehicles were later sold at a mere $13 000 to the directors.

An impeccable source within the Public Service Commission (PSC) told this publication that for a vehicle to be disposed of, it needs to have been used for at least five years and currently there is no prescribed cap on the mileage.

“Well, there is no cap on the mileage because the vehicles have different uses, for instance in the Ministry of Mines there is a lot of travelling between different mining areas.

“However for a vehicle to be disposed it needs to have reached at least five years from date of initial purchase,” revealed the official.

Investigations made by the Zim Morning Post established that the Ministry of Mines vehicles in question were sold to the nine directors after only two years since day of purchase.

Sources also said there was a stampede within government to loot vehicles before the in coming President Emmerson Mnangagwa had settled because no-one knew the changes he was to introduce.

The vehicles in question were bought in 2016 and the directors bought them for a song in September 2018 and all the vehicles had not surpassed 150 000 km mileage.

After buying the vehicles, the directors then resorted to hiring six luxurious vehicles from CMED for their use at a cost of $24 000 a month from the ministry’s coffers.

The directors who bought vehicles are as follows:

  • Julius Moyo (Matebeleland North) bought a Mazda BT50 (mileage 121 944 km).
  • Morgan Makina (finance director) Mazda BT50 registration number ADL4084 (mileage 150 000 km)
  • Dzidzisai Maenzanise (Human Resources director) BT50 registration number ADLD 4086
  • Muzemo Malcom (Mash Central) BT50 Registration number AEF 5905 (mileage 120 838 km)
  • Mugumbuta (Mash East) Mazda BT50 registration number ADL 4087
  • Mukandwa Mazda BT50 registration number ADL 4089 mileage (147 900km)
  • T Singizi  (ICT director) Mazda BT50 registration number ADL 4080 (mileage 146 914 km)
  • Jacqueline Munyonga (legal advisor) Mazda BT50 registration number ADL 4081 (mileage 117 000km)
  • Hawardi D  Mazda BT 50 registration number ADL6956 .

This publication also learnt that the former permanent secretary Munodawafa received  a ministry vehicle (Isuzu) in July 2018 and on September 10 of the same year he sought authority from PSC to have the vehicle converted to ‘personal issue vehicle’ and hastily sought authority to purchase the same vehicle along with the nine directors.

After buying the vehicles, the ministry’s director of finance Morgan Makina then facilitated the hiring of six luxury cars from CMED at cost of $USD24 000 a month.

The directors who were allocated hired cars include one Munyonga who got a Ford Ranger (Reg number ABP7201), Makina (Isuzu Reg number ADF7397), Mazemo (Ford Ranger Reg number AEK 0193), Singizi (Toyota Hilux D4D Reg number AEF 6007).

Interestingly, these cars were outsourced by CMED from private individuals.

Some of the directors also have pending cases before the courts.

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