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Zacc busts import licence scam

STAFF WRITER

Three Ministry of Industry and International Trade officers have been arrested for the theft of 80 receipt books which they used to illegally issue import licence documents to car importers at USD$300 each.

Andrew Mateveke, Erica Mhaka and Elijah Mukanjari were apprehended by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on Thursday.

The three prejudiced the State of USD$120 000.

They are expected in court on Friday September 3, ZACC spokesperson John Makamure confirmed.

Elsewhere, Mudzi Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer Victor Nyamutswa and the Head of Human Resources Farai Mutambatuwisi have been arrested for awarding employees, including undeserving senior management staff, a 150% salary and allowances increment without council resolution.

In the second count, Nyamutswa is accused of double dipping from the local authority’s fuel facility, Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has said.

Earlier this week, Gweru’s former Town Clerk Daniel Matawu was arrested by ZACC on allegations of fraud.

The charges emanated from the illegal subdivision and sale stands from reserved State land which prejudiced Gweru City Council US$120 000.

Matawu appeared in court and was granted ZW$10 000. Matter was remanded to October 1.

ZACC also arrested the Chief Executive Officer of Guruve Rural District Council Tinos Marisa and the Chief Executive Officer of Muzarabani Rural District Council Ennie Mapa Mutema on allegations of criminal abuse of duty.

The accused persons appeared in court on September 2.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority have strengthened ties since signing a MOU in 2019 to enhance cooperation in the fight against corruption, Makamure said.

Under the terms of the MOU, the two organisations agreed to afford each other technical assistance through research and training.