As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.


As Zanu PF factions destroy each other, the military will have a huge say as to who would take over from President Mugabe.


He is a controversial prophet who continues to draw large crowds with his promise of miracles. But as his popularity soars he faces all sorts of allegations. So far he has survived.


Two secretary generals tried to topple him but failed. His wife walked out but returned home. Now MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is plotting his way to State House.


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Saturday, 24 March 2018



The Muslim community has pledged to support President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Zanu PF party in the forthcoming elections saying they have been watching progress achieved in a few months by the new administration and are encouraged by the economic reforms which are critical not only for Zimbabwe but the entire region.

India, Pakistan, north African and middle eastern immigrants as well as some indigenous Zimbabweans who make up the Muslim community in Zimbabwe turned up in their numbers for the interactive meeting with the country’s political leadership.

Minister of State for Harare Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa commended the Muslim community for demonstrating their solidarity with the government and the people of Zimbabwe.

A representative of the Muslim youths Munyaradzi Kuseri, a representative of the Muslim business community Abudhabi Asali, Sheikh Ishmael Duwa of the Muslim Supreme Council, Mufti Shuaib Asali representing the Muslim community, Sister Zainab who was representing the Muslim women and Mufti Ishmael Menk, a Muslim religious leader all pledged support for President Mnangagwa in the forthcoming elections.

Muslim and Arab investors are keen to come and invest in Zimbabwe and the representatives promised that they are not going to adopt the wait and see attitude that is being exhibited by some quarters. 



One of the perks of celebrity life is driving expensive cars but many of Zimbabwe’s famous do not own a driver’s licence.

It is little wonder why the country’s courts are awash with celebrities, some who have never taken an official driving lesson as they have been too busy rocking and rolling to acquire a driver’s licence.

The latest celebrity to go down this road is musician Andrew Ngwenya popularly known as Andy Muridzo who was last week hauled before the courts after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident that damaged three cars.

Ngwenya, 37, was charged with contravening the Road Traffic Act by not having a driver’s licence and reckless driving when he appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko.

He pleaded guilty to driving without a licence but denied the other charge prompting the State to object his admission to bail because he had already been convicted on his own plea.

According to the State, Ngwenya was negligent by proceeding against a red traffic light, speeding, failing to keep a proper look out or act reasonably when collision seemed imminent and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Ngwenya’s brush with the law came hot on the heels after artiste Stunner, real name Desmond Chideme, was sentenced to perform 210 hours of community service for negligent driving.
Chideme, 36, was ordered to pay a fine of $150 with an option of three months in prison for driving without a driver’s licence.

In passing sentence, Harare magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta said she considered that Chideme is a first offender, who pleaded guilty showing contrition.
“He is a family man and bread winner, therefore incarcerating him would be a harsh sentence,” she said.

“However, people who drive without a valid driver’s licence should be accountable. Driving without (a) valid driver’s licence is leading to many road carnages.

“In this offence, the accused was travelling at high speed, an indication of negligence. At all times, celebrities should strive to abide by the law.”

Chideme rammed into four parked cars while driving a Toyota Lexus when he lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road to the right side and hit four vehicles in a parking bay.

Another celebrity who has been in trouble with the law for driving without a licence is Afro-Jazz sensation Dudu Manhenga who slapped with an effective 18-month jail term after she was convicted on her own guilty plea over a 2010, road traffic accident in which a motorcyclist was killed.

The singer pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and driving with a learner driver’s licence without supervision.

Harare magistrate Blessing Murwisi sentenced Manhenga to a 24-month jail term and suspended six months for five years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.

In passing sentence, Murwisi considered that Manhenga was a female offender with four children.

“Her moral blameworthiness was high, although she is a first offender. The crime was aggravated by the fact that she turned right, knocking down a motorcyclist. She failed to keep a proper look out of the road ahead and also failed to stop or act reasonably in the event of the accident, this is clear gross negligence,” she said.

Manhenga was only freed after making an appeal at the High Court.
There remain a significant number of artists who do not hold a licence but drive on the pretext that they have forgotten their licences at home.

While some may be reluctant to take a driving tests for fear of a few failed attempts, one thing is certain, Zimbabwe has not seen an end to celebrities driving without licences.Daily News


Respected constitutional law expert and University of Zimbabwe lecturer Lovemore Madhuku has said the intervention by the army which culminated in former president Robert Mugabe's resignation last November was illegal in terms of the country's Constitution.

Mugabe resigned in November following an army intervention, which saw the rise of Emmerson Mnangagwa to the position of President.

Following his resignation, debate has been raging on, on whether there was a coup or not, even though regional and international bodies have since welcomed Mnangagwa’s ascendancy.

Judge president George Chiweshe has since ruled that the takeover of government by the army, which culminated in Mugabe’s resignation was lawful following an application filed last November by two Zimbabweans who sought an order illegitimising the army’s intervention.

Chiweshe said the intervention by the army was justified considering that Mugabe was no longer able to execute his duties independently.

However, speaking on Wednesday at a discussion held at the Southern African Political and Economic Series (Sapes) Trust dubbed, Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Coup Crisis: The Way Forward, Madhuku said all the events that took place leading to Mugabe’s resignation pointed to a coup.

“I think the debate about a coup or no coup is mixing issues, it’s, do you like the coup or you do not like the coup.

“I mean this nonsensical debate whether there was a coup or no coup, I think it’s a completely, I would use the word nonsensical, in the sense that there was a coup from a legal perspective, whatever the meaning there was,” Madhuku said.

He said even though the word coup does not exist in the Constitution, words like unlawful or unconstitutional or contrary to the Constitution are used instead.

He said the aspect of putting pressure on a sitting president, with a view of pushing him out is described as a coup.

He said even if 100 million people say an elected president must go, if that pressure is put and the president feels threatened, that would amount to a coup as the only lawful process to remove a president is through an election.

“The moment that he claims that his resignation was not voluntary, if he says that, then you investigate if it was voluntary or not and if you find that it was not voluntary, then clearly it will be difficult to sustain a situation where you say it was in accordance with the Constitution.”

He further said in terms of the Constitution, the president alone is the one equipped with the power to deploy the army into the streets, which was not the case during last year’s army intervention.

Madhuku further said the events of November 15, 2018, can be defended politically but not legally.

“In the legal environment, with the precedent that has been set, the army will do it at any other time and that they will not be targeting Mugabe’s party now, I think they will be targeting another person or another leader.

“We have had countries that have gone through this, until one country that used to say a coup happens, as long as it succeeds its fine, then they found there were more and more coups and decided for a coup to be valid, it must be approved by the courts.

Madhuku’s other panelists, National Patriotic Front spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire and pro-democracy activist Linda Masarira, also said last year’s events were illegal.

Mawarire said Mugabe had been told by negotiators during last year’s army intervention that if he refused to leave, the soldiers were going to open the gates for members of the public and that he was going to go down the former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi way.

He also said the army has effectively taken control of all institutions, including the police.

 He further said they will soon be going to court and mobilising protests to test the Mnangagwa-led government’s sincerity. Daily News


The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is failing to locate former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri, who has twice failed to appear before Parliament, the Daily News can report.

This was revealed by his successor, Godwin Matanga, when he appeared before the on-fire parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy yesterday.

Parliament is eager to inquire from Chihuri how law enforcement agents were deployed in the controversial Marange diamond fields two years ago and their alleged despicable conduct that was recently brought to the committee’s attention.

Chihuri did not turn up for first hearing on March 16 when he was supposed to appear before the committee, along with his successor, Matanga, and former Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo.
The hearing had to be postponed to March 23, as a result.

He was in no-show again yesterday, resulting in committee chair Temba Mliswa ordering Matanga to leave no stone unturned in his search for Chihuri — the longest-serving police chief.
The hearing will now take place on April 9.

When he noticed that Chihuri was not present yesterday, Mliswa inquired from Matanga of his whereabouts, to which the ZRP commissioner-general said he had unsuccessfully tried to locate him.
Matanga revealed to the committee that he escalated his efforts to the permanent secretary in the ministry of Home Affairs Melusi Machiya but their joint efforts could not yield any positive result.
“I communicated with the permanent secretary about that and as of now, I have not been able to locate him,” he said.

Machiya weighed in saying upon receipt of the minute of Parliament, he asked the police to contact the individuals cited therein, including Chihuri.

“I could not locate some of the individuals at their known home addresses and the same was the case with the former commissioner-general of police. Nobody could tell us where he is,” said Machiya.

But an unimpressed Mliswa probed further, saying there was no way in which Chihuri could not be accounted for.

“So do you want to tell me that this country must believe that the former commissioner-general cannot be located? We need him here to bring this issue to closure. . . . Matanga, as the commissioner-general of police, you must know where every citizen of this country is in terms of the Constitution so you can certainly assist us in that regard,” he said.

Matanga accepted the responsibility to hunt for Chihuri once more and requested for more time to locate his former boss.

“Honourable chair, it is my responsibility to advise you of the whereabouts of former commissioner-general Chihuri. I am in the process of locating all the individuals concerned. We need them to prepare themselves for this meeting. With your indulgence, I was going to say if we could be given another date for them to come,” said Matanga.

“I would be very unfair on my part to say the commissioner-general does not know who lives where . . . It is really my responsibility. Given enough time, I will come to this House and say . . . Chihuri is at house number so and so or he is not at his house. So I will do that,” he added.

After briefly caucusing on the matter, the committee agreed to postpone the hearing to April 9.
Apart from inquiring about the deployment of police in Chiadzwa, the committee also wants Chihuri to clarify the status of a diamond mining concession given to the ZRP, where it is believed that the police were shareholders in Gye Nyame — one of the nine companies that operated in Chiadzwa.
Chihuri came to the helm of the police force in 1993 and was forced to retire last year following the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe through a soft military coup.

Seen as part of a component of security forces that wanted Mugabe to stay on despite his advanced age and ruinous economic policies, Chihuri’s sunset years in the police were tainted by widespread allegations of corruption and human rights violations.

Chihuri was humiliated during President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium on November 24, days before he was forced into retirement under intense pressure from the new administration which came to power after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces carried out an operation code-named Operation Restore Legacy.

The operation ended with the resignation of Mugabe and the installation of Mnangagwa as his successor.

Chihuri was firstly booed as he arrived at the packed 60 000-capacity stadium and when he stood up to pledge loyalty to the new Head of State.

His humiliation reached the peak when he read his loyalty pledge as people vented their anger and chanted “He should go, he should go, he should go”, while others rolled hands to signal a substitution, a sign that is normally used in football.

He had a torrid time maintaining composure as he struggled to read through his loyalty pledge.
Chihuri was mainly unpopular for the numerous roadblocks which were being used by the police to extort motorists.

He is also infamous within the police force for allegedly milking them of their meagre salaries through forced donations, especially to Kuyedza Club, a project fronted by his wife, Isabel.
Meanwhile, Mliswa said yesterday his committee is also looking forward to interrogating former Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe and his successor, Isaac Moyo.

“We also want the former director-general of the Central Intelligence Organisation, ... Happyton Bonyongwe who was there at the time as well as the current director-general, Ambassador Isaac Moyo to be here so that we deal with this issue once and for all. There is no way that we can continue with key players not being here,” said Mliswa. Daily News



A MAN from Lupane died after drinking “holy water” that his mother got from a prophet to assist him to get employment, police confirmed.
Thembelani Sibanda (48) of Ndamuleni village, under Chief Mabhikwa was given the water by his mother, Ms Eddy Ndlovu (69), on Monday afternoon and died on Tuesday.
A police source said they suspected poisoning.

A source close to the family said: “After drinking the water, he immediately started complaining of stomach cramps and he started vomiting. Within a few minutes his neck had swelled.” “Family members and neighbours rushed him to St Luke’s Mission Hospital where he was transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.”

The source said after treatment, Sibanda was referred back to St Luke’s Mission Hospital but died on the way.

“He passed on at Mbembesi Bridge along Bulawayo- Victoria Falls Road and the body was taken to St Luke’s Mission Hospital mortuary for post mortem,” said the source.

Matabeleland North Police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the incident saying investigations were underway.
“We are investigating a case of sudden death of a man who died after allegedly drinking some holy water that he was given by his mother. The man complained of stomach pains, began to vomit and his neck got swollen. He died the following day.

“We await post mortem results to ascertain the cause of his death,” she said. Chronicle


Afro-jazz musician, Dudu Manhenga, who was sent to prison in 2013 after being convicted for negligent driving and causing the death of motorcyclist Graham Martin Millward in 2010, has opened up about her experience.

She was handed down an 18-month jail term that was quashed a year later by Justices Francis Bere and Charles Hungwe, who said the penalty was too harsh and instead, slapped her with a wholly suspended sentence for the offence after establishing that the accident was not due to “gross” negligence.

Speaking out about the incident for the first time in five years, Dudu who has been keeping a low profile since her release from prison, said she had taken a break from the limelight to focus on her family.

Chatting with Sokostina on Zimpapers Capitalk FM on the Inspired show earlier this week, Dudu said she was glad that she had recovered from the whole incident.

“The first step to recovering is to accept what has happened. I thank God I’ve always been the sort of person who quickly accepts things. This accident had happened in 2010 and in 2013 when everything was coming out, I was thinking ‘may this thing end already’.

“I prepared for the worst and there were so many disturbances in my life during that period,” she said.

And when she was convicted, Dudu said though saddened, she felt relieved as it had become annoying being in and out of court and having the police on her case. Turning to her time in prison, Dudu said she did not feel at home.

“If I was to write a book about my experience in prison, the title would be, Not home, not hell. For me, being in prison was sort of a relief as I was like ‘finally, I can get this behind me because this case had hung over our family for a long time, the court procedures and all. 

“It became more prison being out of prison than being in there.” She said she met amazing women in prison whom she would always remember.

“These women changed my perception of life because of the conversations we had while sitting under the shade. Some shared their plans to better themselves which were all inspiring.”

But in all this, Dudu blamed the community for being judgmental. “While in prison, I discovered that no matter what a person has done, there are some people who are in prison but are not supposed to be there. So people there need care and love and families shouldn’t abandon them as their time there is supposed to be correctional.

“The stigma against them shouldn’t be condoned,” said Dudu.

On her part, Dudu said corporates she used to work closely with abandoned her when she got out of jail as they cancelled her contracts despite her efforts to assure them that her voice was still in tune.

“Some company I worked with refused to go on with my contract when I left prison as they didn’t want to associate with me. But people need to know that someone who has served their time in prison has already gone through so much trauma and deserves a second chance,” she said.

She said when she attends some events now, she first breaks the ice by mentioning her prison encounter so that people stop looking at her in a queer manner.

Dudu, however, said her imprisonment for driving with a provisional driver’s licence and running over a person, had impacted society positively.

“Whatever it was, had its benefits as some woman I met said she had changed her behaviour on the road and vowed not to drive with a provisional driver’s licence because she learnt it’s illegal after following my case. This was because she had seen her role model go down.

“I looked back and realised so many lives were saved after that incident.”

On her decision to lie low after the prison encounter, Dudu who has four children, said she wanted to reprioritise things that matter to her and spend more time with her children.

“I thought to myself, if my children were to write a book about their mum, would it be the same as the public’s that will write good stuff about this great woman and all they’ll do is complain that they never had a mum as they rarely ever saw me.

“So, I took time to help my children heal and find their own space with their mum and assure them that mum is here. I needed to be close to family members as some times we run so fast and even run past goals we’ve set.”

Prior to being jailed, Dudu, who is now a pastor, had started attending Bible school.

“I was doing my first year in 2013 when I went to jail. When I was released, I completed my studies and graduated in 2015 and have been serving as a pastor for the past two years.

Turning to her music career, the artiste who was born in Bulawayo said she would not be releasing an album anytime soon though she has composed a lot of songs.

“Recording costs a lot of money so for now, my focus is on mentoring and producing other artistes songs, especially those from my church. I’ve composed a couple of tracks but just haven’t had time to record an album,” Dudu said.

Other than music, Dudu has released an anthology of poems where she speaks about a number of things including her jail experience and the dynamics in her family.

On the head gear, which she has become synonymous for with some fans believing that she is dreadlocked like Winky D, Dudu said it was tailor made by her mother when she was young, not knowing it would become part of her brand.

“We had this big show happening in Bulawayo with regional artistes performing. The likes of Percy Phakela, Lovemore Majaivana and Busi Ncube were on the lineup and I was at high school then. I had ‘cooked hair’ so I thought to myself, ‘how will I stand there and be the person I want to be’.

“So, I went and bought this doily top which I felt wouldn’t look good with cooked hair so my mum and I decided to reproduce that Matabele hat they wear in SA like Brenda Fassie’s. But, we didn’t have the money so we bought a woollen hat and stuffed it with some cloth and I wore it. We also bought a metre of cloth and put it on top of the hat to accessorise it.

“When I went on stage, the MC said ‘here’s a young lady who has embraced being African’ and I loved the compliment. The next time I went on stage without the gear, I didn’t get that powerful introduction and it was as if I was a totally different person so each time I wore it, I felt beautiful as I’d get encouraging compliments. At home, I was never described as the beautiful one so this for me was a major endorsement of my beauty.”

Since then, Dudu has been donning the head gear when performing though she does not move around with it while conducting her day to day activities.

“When off stage, I don’t wear the head gear as it allows me to go through my duties as a normal person. Some think I’m dreadlocked so when they see me without the head gear in public, I can tell they don’t recognise me and I like it that way.” Chronicle

Friday, 23 March 2018


Shebeens are dangerous places where drunk patrons can engage in fights, some of which might be fatal, a High Court has said in a case in which two men escaped with wholly suspended sentences for killing a reveller at their shebeen over a $2 debt.

Tatenda Foot (28) and Joseph Mapa (27), both from Hopely, Harare, had denied murdering Paradzayi Mapa when their trial opened before Justice Tawanda Hebert Chitapi last week.

Through their lawyers Advocates Chido Mafongoya and Kerry Hutchings of The Advocates’ Chambers, the duo pleaded guilty to culpable homicide, which the court accepted in view of the circumstances of the case.

Justice Chitapi slapped the two with three years each in jail.
However, the sentence was wholly suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
In passing sentence, the judge said the case fits well with the old saying that “money is the source of all evil”.

“Here is a debt of $2,” said Justice Chitapi. “This case will go down as one where the community will always blame the state of mind of the parties involved.”

The tragic incident, he said, took place at an illegal beer outlet and the reasons why shebeens were outlawed was the fact that they were not always monitored by the law enforcement agencies. “This case will also serve as a lesson,” said Justice Chitapi.

“People should not operate shebeens and because they are not monitored by law enforcement agencies, sloshed patrons can engage in conflicts leading to death.”

Charges against Foot and Mapa arose on April 11, 2015 when the duo was at Mapa’s shebeen, where an argument arose between the now deceased’s brother and Mapa over a $2 debt.

Paradzayi joined the altercation in a bid to help his brother, the court heard. Mapa, it is alleged, then picked a brick and struck Paradzayi on the head and he fell on the ground.

Foot allegedly then took a stick and assaulted the man all over his body while he was lying down, leading to his death. Herald


President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday officially opened the $40 million Willowton Group’s refinery plant in Mutare and commended the company for responding to Government’s call for beneficiation of agricultural produce.

The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials and others drawn from the Mutare business community and across the country. The company manufactures soap and cooking oil although there are plans to venture into candles, margarine and rice production. 

“I would like to heartily congratulate Willowton Group following their bold and perceptive decision to invest in Zimbabwe. This new facility is indeed a demonstration of the confidence you have shown in our trade and investment climate,” President Mnangagwa said.

He said the entry of Willowton into the local market had brought healthy competition and was in sync with Government’s calls for decentralisation.

“This huge investment complements Government’s calls for value addition and beneficiation of our primary produce from the agricultural sector, such as soya beans and sunflower among others. Furthermore, this initiative is in line with the country’s economic policy which recognises the role of foreign direct investment and revival as it results in modern technology, new expertise, management practices and leadership skills,” said Cde Mnangagwa

The President said the event had been preceded by the commissioning of Nestle’ Zimbabwe’s state of the art Cremora filling and packaging plant and exposed the many opportunitites in the manufacturing sector.

“This is a very good example and success story of import substitution with the ‘Proudly made in Zimbabwe’ products. In this regard, I exhort the Buy Zimbabwe campaign team to scale up their drive and encourage the purchase of locally produced products in line with our thrust to resuscitate and re-industrialise our manufacturing sector.

“Furthermore, we should continue to eanerstly pursue our local content policy and develop agro-value chains which increase capacity utilisation and broaden the economic space through greater involvement of SMEs and entrepreneurs,” President Mnangagwa said.

He urged players in the oil expressing sector to develop well resourced soya bean outgrower schemes to increase the supply of requisite raw material.
“My Government, on its part, will continue to support the production of this essential raw material through the Command Soya Bean Production Programme,” he said.

The President reiterated that Zimbabwe was ready to engage other investors to achieve economic growth.

“As you are aware, numerous business delegations from across the world have shown great interest to invest in Zimbabwe, the latest being about 60 business executives in Kigali, Rwanda we met on the sidelines of the AU Summit on Wednesday this week.
The President is shown some of the company’s products as he tours the plant yesterday
The President is shown some of the company’s products as he tours the plant yesterday

“This is indeed ample testimony of the bright future ahead and the potential of our great nation,” President Mnangagwa said. He said Zimbabwe had so far received at least $7 billion in investment commitments since the coming in of the new dispensation, way above the $400 million that the country got annually under the old Government.

“My Government will continue to eliminate all investment impediments, bureaucratic bottlenecks, public sector lethargy, deliberate inefficiencies and corruption. Zimbabwe is open for business in all and every facet, for the ultimate good of the generality of the citizens of Zimbabwe.

“Whoever, by whatever means, decides to stand in the way, will definitely fall by the wayside,” warned the President.

Willowton Group chief executive officer Mr Bruce Henderson encouraged other players to invest in Zimbabwe.

“This is the type of investment we seek to encourage here in Zimbabwe, world class brands for Zimbabwe and the region,” he said.

Mr Henderson said they came to Zimbabwe in 2014 and production at the plant began in 2016. The company is producing 6 000 tonnes of cooking oil, 5 000 tonnes of green bar soap and 1 000 tonnes of beauty soap per month. Herald


Former Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner-General Mr Gershem Pasi has been slapped with a $217 000 lawsuit for unjust enrichment and poor administration that financially prejudiced the taxman.

Mr Pasi resigned from his position on May 17 last year when pressure mounted ahead of a disciplinary hearing on allegations ranging from mismanagement, gross negligence and abuse of office among others.
During his tenure, Zimra argues, Mr Pasi unjustly enriched himself with $12 445 through fraud and abuse of office in violation of his contract of employment.

The authority is claiming $205 178, excluding interest plus cost of the suit, as damages for financial prejudice caused by Mr Pasi’s grossly negligent and reckless management of Zimra during his tenure as the Commissioner-General.

Kantor & Immerman Legal Practitioners issued out summons on behalf of Zimra.
Mr Pasi, according to the plaintiff’s declaration, was employed by Zimra as Commissioner-General from November 1, 2011 until May last year when he resigned.

It is believed that a forensic audit carried out on 2016 revealed that Mr Pasi unjustly enriched himself through fraud and abuse of office.

“Between July 1, 2014 and June 2015, the defendant wrongfully and unlawfully caused the plaintiff to incur running costs in respect of fuelling, servicing and insurance in the sum of $8 509,25 for his Toyota Hilux and Toyota Corolla after he had purchased the said vehicles from the plaintiff.
“As a result, the plaintiff was prejudiced of the sum of $8 509,25, which is due and payable by the defendant,” reads the declaration.

When Mr Pasi travelled to the United States of America in June 2014, he received an accommodation allowance at the rate of $279 per night. He, however, failed to produce receipts for the accommodation expenses in violation of Zimra’s policy.

“However, on return, the defendant produced invoices for five nights out of 12 nights that were supposed to be accounted for. He therefore failed to acquit seven nights for which he had been paid travel and subsistence allowance approved by the ministry,” reads the declaration.

To that end, Zimra was prejudiced of $483. In 2010, Mr Pasi allegedly made a double claim of travel and subsistence allowance when he travelled to Kenya. He received $1 372,50 instead of $631.

Mr Pasi is alleged to have claimed a refund of $2 080 as airport transfer costs when he travelled to Seychelles for a holiday.

The costs, according to Zimra, were already catered for by the “spending money” provided for under his contract of employment, hence, the authority was prejudiced of $2080. During employment, Mr Pasi allegedly conducted himself in an unlawful, negligent and reckless manner, prejudicing Zimra of $205 178.

He authorised payment of thousands of dollars to undeserving employees to the prejudice of the employer.

At some point, he employed two human resources directors at the same level, contrary to a board resolution. Herald