An audit by Auditor-General Ms Mildred Chiri has revealed that the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) diverted almost $8 million meant to buy grain from farmers to loan repayments, utility bills and salaries for staff without approval.
In her report Chiri said that the GMB diverted $7 982 537 out of the $119 376 000 it received from Government.In response to the audit observations, the board said it met and deliberated on the issue and reprimanded the responsible staff to desist from such practices. Part of the reports reads:
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The Board received a total of $119 376 000 from the Government for the payment of grain deliveries and grain handling charges between June 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. However, I noted that out of this amount, $7 982 537 was used for non-grain procurement commitments such as salaries and statutory deductions, transport costs, council rates and water, electricity, packaging material, bank loans and overdrafts repayments and trading stock purchase and these were not authorised.
Mildred Chiri is Zimbabwe's Auditor General. Read More About Mildred Chiri
The Grain Marketing Board (GMB) is a state owned commodity trading enterprise that deals in cereals and oil seeds, the provision of logistic services to the agricultural industry as well as processing of products. The board's main objective is to ensure national food security through... Read More About The Grain Marketing Board