Prison officers face $16k graft rap

HARARE - Two Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service (ZPCS) officials have been hauled before a Harare magistrate for receiving a $16 000 bribe from two companies in a tender deal to supply prisoners’ equipment.

Mehluli Dube, 39, who, is a principal prison officer and Samson Samson, 31, a prison officer class 1, last Friday appeared before Harare Magistrate Tsatsawani Ndaba facing graft charges.

The two, who were both procurement officers stationed at Matabeleland Region Headquarters, fraudulently awarded tenders to Cesbrite Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd and Pursuit Investments (Pvt) Ltd, the court heard.
Dube and Samson are accused of having accepted $16 757 during the tender deal.

The two appeared on separate records and were remanded to February 7, after being freed on $200 bail each.
According to State papers, Dube received $13 457, while Samson was given $3 300.

The court heard the incident took place in July last year, when Dube unprofessionally awarded tenders to the two companies to supply prisoners’ supplies for the Matabeleland region.

It is alleged Dube unlawfully obtained the money for his own use, as a reward for favouring the said companies in the tender.

On July 5, Mitchell Simoyi of Cesbrite Enterprises transferred $6 100 into Dube’s account and a further $5 257 on July 26, the court heard.

It is alleged that Memory Masango of Pursuit Investments also transferred $2 100 into Dube’s account on September 3.

The court heard that after awarding Pursuit Investments a tender in August, Samson received $3 300, which was transferred into his account by Masango.

According to State papers, the offence came to light during ZPSC’s investigation, pertaining to the awarding of the tender.

Rekai Maposa appeared for the duo, while Sharon Mashavira represented the State.

Comments (1)

Uku ndokupusa manje uku mungati mari yechioko muhomwe inotumirwa mubank account yemunhu anotambira $200 Pamwedzi zvedi? Kana iyo company yacho ine ma armature for sure!

Shepy Tarzy - 20 January 2014

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