US$2.2 million interconnection scam haunts NetOne bosses

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Suspended NetOne chief executive Lazarus Muchenje

THE Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (Zacc) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Serious Frauds Unit are prefering criminal charges against suspended NetOne boss Lazarus muchenje, Acting Finance OfficerTinashe Severe and the Interconnection and Roaming manager Tawanda Sibanda, who were arrested on Friday on alleged reports of financial illicit dealings at the state-owned telecommunication company.

Sources close to the development say Muchenje an company are facing a plethora of charges including prejudicing the state of over US$2 million over and illegal interconnection scandal.

Documents in this publication’s possession reveal that in November 2019, Muchenje his acting Finance officer Tinashe Severa prejudiced NetOne of US$2,240 million “after unlawfully signing an interconnect agreement with Bankai International Private Limited, dated December 10 2019.”

Sources also say despite this being a financial.scam which benefited the Neone bosses, the state is likely to also place a charge linked to a degree of terrorism amid reports the interconnection deal allowed foreigners to access private information of the locals without being detected.

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