A senior military officer is alleged to have been involved in the disappearance of 30 tonnes of beef meant for the military’s Recruitment Training Depot in Mbalabala, Matabeleland South.
ZimLive sources claim that Major General Hlabangani Dube, who is also the army chief of Staff Quarter Master, has been fingered in the alleged theft of the meat. The publication was told:
A few weeks ago, a driver was sent to deliver 30 tonnes of meat to the training school in Mbalabala and he brought the delivery note and the invoice but did not offload the meat.
Investigations then led to the office of boss Dube and this touched raw nerves because most of these generals are engaged in murky deals and are reluctant to take action on Major General Dube. At the same time, the generals are targeting civilians working in administration because they want to run the procurement business.
The 30 tonnes of stolen meat is small change considering the dirty deals by the army top brass elsewhere. What is striking is that at the barracks, soldiers are starving while their meat is being diverted by the bosses. It’s a scam which needs the immediate intervention of the ZACC (the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission).
This comes as there are reports alleging that the army’s director of finance Denson Muvandi, a civilian, fled to South Africa recently fearing for his life with senior soldiers baying for his blood after accusing him of blocking their lucrative deals.
In another incident involving theft of resources belonging to the military, a Brigadier General allegedly stole an army bus and sold it to a private transport operator.
The theft was unearthed when the operator availed the bus for the ZUPCO franchise.