Deal with your corrupt top aides, ED told

Civic society yesterday implored President Emmerson Mnangagwa to deal with rising corruption among his top aides in government in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament today. They claimed that the country was losing billions of dollars to corruption through illicit financial flows. Mnangagwa is today also expected to officially open the Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament and lay out a new legislative agenda. The Third Session of the Ninth Parliament was adjourned in September. Analysts told NewsDay that Mnangagwa should map a new plan to deal with rampant…

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Sir Wicknell bribery trial commences

A WITNESS in the trial of Wicknell Chivhayo yesterday told the court that the US$10 000 payment made by the Intratrek Zimbabwe boss to Zimbabwe Power Company board chairperson Stanley Kazhanje was above board. Chivhayo is being accused of bribing Kazhanje in order to clinch the US$5 million Gwanda solar project tender in 2016 ahead of other bidders. A witness, Isaac Farai Mupotsa, told Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna that the payment to Kazhanje was normal. Mupotsa was responding to questions from State prosecutor Cecilia Mashingaidze who had asked him to…

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“Harare The Most Corrupt Province In The Nation”

Harare Metropolitan Province is the most corrupt province in the country, accounting for 93.2% of the total cases received by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) in 2020. In its progress report for the year released on Thursday, ZACC said that Harare had 1 057 out of the national total of 1 133 corruption cases reported to the anti-graft watchdog last year alone. Said ZACC: Investigations for the prosecution of corruption cases for the reporting period, ZACC received a total of 1 133, Harare, 1 057, Bulawayo Province received 59 whilst…

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Senior Police Officer Under Fire Over Smuggling

A senior police officer, Inspector Elias Mawomba (47), has been arrested for conniving with one of his subordinates to divert two vehicles from offloading smuggled goods inside the Beitbridge Border Post last week. Insp Mawomba and his subordinate Dickson Siakwimbi are deployed to Beitbridge to conduct security and anti-smuggling duties at Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa under operation “No to Cross-border Crimes’’. It is reported that the two officers were assigned by their commanders to escort two vehicles carrying an assortment of smuggled goods. The vehicles had been intercepted along…

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UK MP Wants Tino Machakaire Investigated Over Rolls Royce

A United Kingdom (UK) MP, Lord Oates, wants Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and Recreation, Tino Machakaire, investigated to establish the source of funds for the Rolls Royce Phantom he allegedly bought. Oates who is the Liberal Democrats Lords Spokesperson on the Climate Emergency & Energy Co-Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group for Zimbabwe suggests Machakaire raised the funds through corrupt activities. His remarks come when the acquisition of a Rolls Royce Phantom from Britain for a total of US$770 000 has set social media buzzing with Zanu PF sympathisers defending Machakaire…

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Auditor-General Chiri Threatened By “Corrupt” Companies

Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri, has said her office has been threatened by some companies reported as corrupt in her previous audit reports. Chiri added that as a result of the threats, her office resorted to not naming the companies involved in underhand dealings in order in the recently released 2019 report to avoid lawsuits. Giving oral evidence to the Public Accounts Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Monday, Chiri said: Regarding the naming of companies with issues in the annual report, the approach of naming suppliers and companies was not done in order…

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Zec under pressure to release 2018-19 financials

THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has been put under pressure to avail its 2018 and 2019 books of accounts for audit by Auditor-General Mildred Chiri as stipulated by section 195 of the Constitution. In a statement yesterday, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) demanded that Zec should come clean on how it used its financial resources. It emerged that Zec had failed to avail the books to Chiri, sparking fears that their finances may not be in order. Yesterday, Zec spokesperson Qhubani Moyo referred all questions to chief elections officer Utoile…

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Diamonds Worth US$140m Disappeared

ROUGH diamonds worth an estimated US$140 million dollars have disappeared from the supposedly impenetrable Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) and Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) repositories. The diamonds weighed 350 000 caratsAccording to previous auctions, Zimbabwean diamonds normally fetch about US$400 per carat, although this can rise to as much as US$12 000 per carat. Auditor-General Mildred Chiri, in her report for 2019 which was recently released, revealed that both the MMCZ and ZMDC cannot account for up to 350 000 carats of diamonds which were kept in their…

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Air Zimbabwe Resuscitation Scandal Explodes

EFFORTS to resuscitate the troubled national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe (AirZim), are effectively dead in the water after the exposition by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) of a systematic plot to frustrate its revival involving senior government officials and players in the dog-eat-dog aviation industry, fresh details show. NewZimbabwe.com is reliably informed that the OPC early this year instituted an investigation into the affairs of AirZim following reports of underhand dealings by senior officials from the Transport Ministry, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAZ) and the parastatal’s axed…

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How Kuda Tagwirei Built Alleged Offshore Investments

The Sentry, an investigative and policy team claims that business mogul, Kuda Tagwirei used complex corporate structures to establish both local and offshore investments. The Sentry says it has discovered documents that show how Tagwirei has used similar networks to hide his financial interests in Zimbabwe’s new public-private partnership mining company, Kuvimba Mining House, with Zimbabwe’s Finance Ministry reportedly collaborating to deflect public scrutiny from these arrangements. The said documents suggest that in 2019, Tagwirei paid millions of dollars to a Zimbabwean military-owned company so that Landela MiningVentures, a company…

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