Nhemachena 'defrauds' SRC

HARARE - Former Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) director-general, Charles Nhemachena, was yesterday brought before the court charged with defrauding his employer of $56 283.

Nhemachena, 58, is being charged with fraud and criminal abuse of office as he initiated the increment of his salary without the approval of the SRC Board.

Prosecutor Sebatian Mutizirwa said in September 2012, Nhemachena went to the SRC Human Resources manager, Sheila Gwatidzo and claimed that his salary increment had been approved from $1 072 to $3 000.

Gwatidzo acted upon that and effected the increment without receiving any written communication from the SRC Board or Treasury approval.

Following complaints against the accused, he was then arrested for defrauding the SRC.

The SRC acting director-general Joseph Muchechetere also recently appeared in court on abuse of office charges after he reportedly failed to implement the resolutions of the 2015 SRC board, which mandated him to dissolve the then Zifa board and appoint an interim board.

Muchechetere allegedly showed favour to the former Zifa board, led by Cuthbert Dube, and allowed them to continue holding office.

Between 2009 and 2015, Muchechetere allegedly caused the opening of two bank accounts parallel to those of the SRC where donated funds were banked.

He went on to manage and approve the finances of CSDP outside the normal system of SRC finance department, which is contrary to the SRC Act, the State alleged.

As a result, through these bank accounts, Muchechetere received a total of $2 132 384 from the funders.

The Sports Commission’s CSDP was a project wholly funded by NIF from 2008, while Unicef was an implementing partner which was working directly with SRC.

Unicef were initially overseeing the project funds and NIF were sending evaluators annually after completion of each project cycle in order to evaluate success.

Unicef, however, then pulled out of the partnership after disagreement on technicalities of the funding, use and reporting system.

It has also emerged that the CSDP had a separate account from the SRC account and it was being audited separately although questions were previously raised over a shadowy deal in which the Sports Commission ended up “borrowing” funds from CSDP “and not paying it back’’.

An audit report prepared by a Harare chartered accountancy firm recently raised stink in the manner in which the Sports Commission has been managed in the last two years, with the audit firm also warning on the sustainability of the sports body.

The audit also exposed the same Sports Commission that has been quick to invoke statutory regulations on associations, flouting other statutes such as payments to Zimra and Nssa, which they have not been remitting.

The same audit revealed that the Sports Commission were technically insolvent, with liabilities far exceeding the body’s current assets.

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