Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) workers have been accused of looting the parastatal’s coffers by awarding themselves ‘extraordinary’ benefits.
This was revealed when ZINARA management appeared before the Public Accounts Portfolio Committee on Monday.
Chairperson of the Committee, former Finance Minister Tendai Biti said:
There were amazing (extraordinary) perks and benefits, that you have been awarding yourselves as Zinara employees which you have not been acknowledging as payment for purposes of taxation. We see huge amounts of allowances on that wage bill.
I suspect that if you take away the allowances and probably comply with that 2.5 per cent, once you put the allowances, it becomes a very dangerous wage bill.
Zinara has no authority to engage in special projects. We are now aware that Zinara has spent RTGS$71 million on special projects without going to tender.
… There is looting under this creature called special projects.
ZINARA acting chief executive officer Mathlene Mujokoro dismissed some of the allegations but admitted to incompetence in some instances.
Zinara has a total staff complement of 638 and in January alone, an amount totalling RTGS$897 354,51 was paid as salaries and wages.
Tendai Laxton Biti is the president of the People's Democratic Party, a prominent lawyer, activist, politician and Member of Parliament for Harare East. Biti was part of the founding team of the Movement for Democratic Change in 1999 together with Morgan Tsvangirai, Gibson Sibanda, Welshman... Read More About Tendai Biti