Act on Chiri's findings

HARARE - Last week, Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri, once again exposed the sickening rot and malpractices in most public institutions and authorities.

She presented shocking reports that divulged corruption and gross misgovernance in State-run institutions and local authorities.

In her reports, Chiri exposed flagrant anomalies within local authorities — Harare, Gweru and Mutare councils among others.

One of the most shocking findings was that there were two anonymous computers — unknown to the Harare City Council’s IT system — that were used to bill customers, a move that could have led to fraudulent receipting and loss of millions of dollars.

Chiri also revealed, in the 2015 local authorities report, that the Gweru City Council had failed to account for a $1 million loan balance while the council’s bosses had unlimited fuel allowances, among other unscrupulous activities.

Apart from the damning local authorities’ report, Chiri also exposed worrying large-scale looting and corruption at State-run enterprises.

The parastatals exposed include tax collector Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara), the National Railways of Zimbabwe, the State Procurement Board, Zesa Holdings, National Social Security Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz). Zimra was accused of prejudicing the government of nearly $1 million in presumed false input tax claims that were processed in 2014, as well as a further $1,2 million through “illegitimate Value Added Tax refunds in 2015 and prior years”.

At Zinara, Chiri highlighted that she had not been availed with payment vouchers for the parastatal’s expenditure amounting to a whopping $2,4 million.

“Upon inquiry, I was informed that the documents could not be located in the filing system,” she said. Surely, how can a whole institution fail to locate documentation for millions of dollars?”

Sadly, the rot goes on with Chiri further stating that various amounts of money had been paid to Zinara contractors without proper documentation, adding that the administration made unapproved payments to contractors amounting to $3 723 333.

At Caaz, Chiri noted that the cost for Harare International Airport’s rehabilitation had been increased by millions of dollars without supporting documents.

This is not the first time Chiri has exposed such ills — corruption, financial mismanagement and underhand dealings involving top officials.

But deplorably, this corruption seems to be cancerous and is spreading with the government and responsible authorities turning a blind eye.

President Robert Mugabe and his administration must go beyond just talk and politicking on this corruption epidemic because our country is going down into further turmoil. It is time Mugabe takes decisive action.

Comments (2)

MGABE IS CORRUPT , THOSE WHO OPPOSE ZANU LYK ME COME LETS END MGABES RULE ON THE 10 TH OF AUGUST AS I MARCH TO STATE HOUSE #MUGABE LEAVE OFFICE

VHISAI VANHU PAMVURI - 28 June 2016

There is no action that is going to be taken. We have experienced this before. Sensational screams about corruption, promise by government to act, then eternal silence.

machakachaka - 4 July 2016

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