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Mines Minister Implicated In Hwange Colliery Corruption Scandal

The Minister of Mines an Mining Development Winston Chitando has been fingered in shady deals at Hwange Colliery Company (HCCL). This follows a forensic audit engaged by Hwange Colliery to investigate financial impropriety. Reynolds Tendai Muza, a forensic auditor and investigator with Ralph Bomment Greenacre and Reynolds, on Monday asked Parliament to invoke the Prevention of Corruption Act in order to investigate Chitando over coal delivery deals entered into by Hwange Colliery and a haulage company the minister allegedly owns. Muza is reported to have said

There is a company whose head office is in Gutu, and it is probably the largest haulage company ferrying coal to the mine.

As an investigator, I found that this company, Inducto Save, is doing 68% of its work in Hwange and I wondered why it is based in Gutu. Its directors are named as Solomon Matsa, whose address is given as residing in South Africa, and another director, Shelter Madanhire. And Inducto Save headquarters is PO Box 119, Matsa Stores in Gutu. But further investigations show that these people are based in South Africa… There is need for a forensic investigation under the Prevention of Corruption Act which will be focused on Chitando and Tundiya, because if the investigation is done under this Act, it can even be focused on their families, as well as the investigations on the death threats to the company secretary Allen Masiye and internal auditor Gilbert Mudenda.

Tundiya is alleged to have impersonated Central Intelligence Officers in order to instil fear to the Hwange directors. He also claimed close connections with President Mnangwagwa.

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