Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Joel Biggie Matiza has promised that heads will roll at the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) following allegations of corruption involving senior management.
While appearing before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Public Accounts on Monday, Minister Matiza revealed that the police has been called to investigate the alleged misuse of funds. Said Matiza:
I have called in the police to investigate all the financial transactions at Zinara and this is what is happening and we shall be seeing action as we are seized with the matter. Heads are going to be rolling soon.
ZINARA management has been accused of abusing funds by awarding themselves obscene perks and benefits from funds collected from toll gates across the country.
Among other things, the Tendai Biti-chaired Parliamentary Committee noted that 10 tollgates under construction had taken long to be completed despite substantial investment amounting to $1 700 000 having been made towards the projects.
Construction on the 10 tollgates commenced in April 2014 and was supposed to be completed in December 2016.
Veteran journalist, Brezhnev Malaba said in a tweet:
The pampered (ZINARA) managers were paid US$25 000 in “hairdressing allowances”. This is according to the 2017 audit. And this is happening in a country that’s failing to buy simple painkillers and latex gloves for public hospitals.
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