Government Is Monitoring On Zinara Graft

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Government will not hesitate to cancel all existing fraudulent joint venture deals between the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) and any private firms as efforts to cleanse the organisation of maladministration gather pace.

The road authority has been under the spotlight over a number of deals, some of which have been reportedly concluded outside the confines of national law, in the process prejudicing the country of millions in potential revenue.

An audit report on Zinara by Grant Thornton has revealed alarming levels of dereliction of duty bordering on corruption, which had rendered the authority incapable of carrying out its mandate diligently as some deals were designed to line some individuals’ pockets.

The new dispensation, however, has set the tone for the re-aligning of Zinara to its co-business and efficiency with President Emmerson Mnangagwa telling the 2018 Annual Chiefs Conference in December last year that Government will make sure that toll fees will be redirected to road rehabilitation.

To date, an extensive road rehabilitation programme has been instituted that is aimed at improving transportation and logistics as a key enabler of Government’s Vision2030 through which Zimbabwe is targeting to become an upper-middle income economy.

In that scheme of things, flawless movement of goods and passengers becomes central to ensure uninterrupted business operations.

As more and more skeletons continue to tumble from the Zinara audit, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza, last week told The Sunday Mail Business that Government will not hesitate to knockdown any fraudulent joint venture deals should any emerge.

A perusal of the report shows that Zinara, between 2011 and 2016, parceled out US$71 million to 17 private companies which, however, failed to deliver on the work that they had been contracted to do.

There are also several instances of private companies having been contracted, without going to tender, to do work, a process that ordinarily should have gone through tender procedures in adherence to the law.

The new administration has frowned at such willful disregard of critical ethos of good corporate governance, vowing to bring to justice those caught on the wrong side of the law.

Said Minister Matiza; “Well, there is a review (of Zinara Joint Ventures — JVs), some of the JVs we need to really look at them and what was really going on (in them being signed.

“Those that were done without going to tender, if they are still there — because some of the issues that are being raised are historical, we are going to make corrective measures.”

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