ZTA in a fresh scandal

A LEADING South Korean tour operator hopes to explore Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo and sell Zimbabwe’s tourism products in that country and Asia at large.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has been sucked in yet another fresh scandal where Executive Directors had a monthly fuel allocation amounting to USD $2000 per month, equivalent to 1,316 liters per month at the material time and could cover an average of 13 158 kilometers per month.

This also comes at a time when the Authority spent unbudgeted money on activities which are not in any way related to the its business.

Questions have been raised on the amount of fuel which the Executive Directors allocated themselves.

It is so unfortunate that the Executive Directors decided to allocate them such amounts of fuel while they use much less fuel since most of them stay in Harare,” said an insider.

According to the documents seen by Zim Morning Post ZTA experienced some financial losses through excessive expenditure.

According to the documents seen by this publication at least unbudgeted USD$117 980 was used.

“There were expenses incurred in 2013 ,2014 ,2015 financial years which did not appear to be in line with the Authority’s business and there were also not budgeted,” read part of the document.

The documents also shows that ZTA once hosted a birthday dinner for an unknown person and gobbled USD$10 000.

Another USD$50 000 was channeled to birthday donations for people who are not mentioned.

An insider believes that some of the money was channeled  to personal use and Zimbabwe Anti Corruption is believed to be investigating some of the cases.

“You see some of the money was being used by the big fishes in the name of donations, weddings, birthday dinners but I can tell you that ZACC is also seized with those matters and heads are going to roll,” said an insider from ZTA.

Currently the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Prisca Mupfumira Mupfumira is allegedly facing seven counts of criminal abuse of office all of which were committed when she was the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social welfare, prejudicing the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) of money amounting to US$95 million.

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