Zinara boss detained

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) acting chief executive officer Moses Juma was yesterday arrested over a raft of corruption allegations.

Juma, who is jointly charged with the president of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce and Zinara board member Davison Norupiri, was reportedly picked up by members of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) yesterday morning. He has been booked at Avondale Police Station.

Zacc spokesperson Phyllis Chikundura yesterday confirmed the duo’s arrest.

“I confirm the arrest of the two and they are appearing before the court tomorrow (today). They are being held at Avondale Police Station,” Chikundura said.

Chikundura did not give further details on the allegations that the two are facing, though sources claimed the Zinara boss was picked up in connection with a case in which he reportedly sanctioned the payment of $1,2 million to Tax Management Services, for services that were allegedly not provided.

It is alleged that Zinara had contracted BDO, a tax expert company, to facilitate the parastatal’s exemption from paying tax, after the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) had moved in to garnish its accounts.

BDO had reportedly been paid less than $100 000 for the same job.

The argument was that Zinara must not be demanded to pay tax, considering that it is a parastatal that is funded by taxpayers’ money.

Juma and Norupiri reportedly dropped BDO, arguing that it had failed to carry out the mandated duties; way after the company had allegedly finished carrying out the job.

It is alleged that Juma went on to handpick Tax Management Services to carry out the job, leading to emergence of the current allegations.

Juma has been under fire recently over his handling of numerous issues at Zinara, including his alleged bias towards Ekhaya UmIingani Integrated Housing (Ekhaya) and Itai Madziire’s Forit Contracting (Forit).

The ex-Bulawayo resident engineer has also been accused of disregarding Transport minister Joram Gumbo’s directive for reinstating about five key managers, among other employees.

“Despite having received a letter for the reinstatement of the manager from the minister on December 24 last year, Juma only acted on it in January this year and you just wonder where his allegiance or loyalty is,” sources said.

“As if that delay wasn’t enough, he even recommended the redeployment of people like public relations officer Augustine Moyo to Manicaland administration, Austin Chimedza, transfer of engineer Givemore Kufa to a Gweru technician, Peter Boterere was to be demoted from procurement officer to tolling supervisor, while audit manager Genius Mutsva was to be shunted to Masvingo as an accountant,” they said, adding the man had a “destructive and iron-fisted managerial style”, which was killing staff morale.

Comments (2)

Let us hear his side of the story before heaping all this blame on him. Redeployments, demotions and forced transfers are not unusual when restructuring an organisation. Lets exercise a reasonable degree of scepticism here.

Reader - 14 July 2016

The government does not act on corruption allegations unless someone has stepped on their toes. Lets hear the two sides of the story. Bad journalist.

MT - 15 July 2016

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