ZINARA under fire for corruption

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Special Anti-Corruption Unit requested the 2016 Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) forensic audit which exposed massive rot in the country’s roads administration department amid reports that fresh corruption investigations are underway, the Zimbabwe Morning Post can exclusively reveal.

Highly placed sources also said the crack team has already summoned Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa, for an interview in connection with allegations he raised against a fellow legislator Dexterv Nduna which also implicated the speaker of parliament Jacob Mudenda.

“Last week the anti-corruption unit requested that the forensic report be handed to them as investigations are to be commenced,” said the source.

“The unit has also summoned Mliswa for questioning on allegations he raised last week.”

In an interview with this publication Mliswa could neither confirm nor deny that he was summoned for questioning by the Anti-corruption unit.

Mliswa said justice should take its course on those who misused Zinara funds.

“It is very clear that he (Hon Nduna) was given 13 million Rand and 8 million US dollars to fix various VID depots, Victoria Falls, Sanyati road and he didn’t do anything and the auditor general’s report is very clear that he should be investigated,” said Mliswa.

Investigations carried out by this publication in collaboration with the Centre For Investigative Journalism in Zimbabwe (CIJZ) established that there was a forensic audit that was conducted in 2016 and it emerged that there were a lot of irregularities in the awarding of tenders.

The scam implicates parliamentarian Nduna and former Central Intelligence Officer Jimias Madzingira.

Nduna is alleged to be part of the people who abused $11 million from the road administrator.

“The forensic audit results were swept under the carpet because it implicated big names who were abusing funds from ZINARA,” revealed  our source.

The audit results established that Madzingira through his company Madz was awarded a contract to build the Plumtree-Mutare road without following the proper tender procedures.

It was also established that some companies linked to ZINARA executives were given advance payments and never fulfilled the jobs.

The beneficiaries of the illicit transactions include Fossils, Jepnik, Henan, Tencraft, Notify, Bermipools and Twalumba