Cleaning firm director cleared

HARARE - A Harare magistrate has acquitted Venah Kufakunesu, a cleaning service firm director, who faced charges of using a fake company registration document and bank statement to win a cleaning contract at Air Zimbabwe.

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) had reported fraud charges against Kufakunesu, the director of Sterile System Hygienic Services (Pvt) Ltd, claiming she had not properly acquired the tender.

However, magistrate Tsatsawani Ndaba yesterday ruled that the State had failed to prove its case, adding that her contract had been procedurally approved by the State Procurement Board (SPB).

The State had claimed charges against Kufakunesu arose in June last year, when Caaz flighted an advert in a local newspaper, inviting tenders for cleaning services at the Harare International Airport.

According to court papers, the participants were supposed to have one-year cleaning service experience, 10 vacuum cleaners, insurance for cleaning equipment, valid tax clearance certificate and a bank statement with at least $50 000.

Prosecutors said Kufakunesu responded by submitting her bid for the tender. Further verifications were done by SPB, before adjudging that Kufakunesu’s company met the tender requirements, it was claimed.

It had been alleged that Caaz carried out its own investigations after it got the information that Kufakunesu’s company had been awarded the tender and had discovered that fake details were used.

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