Chinamasa's Ministry On Fire, 7 Officials Arrested

Chinamasa's Ministry On Fire, 7 Officials Arrested
Published: 2016 July 05 05:32:44 (3687 Views)
Government has fired seven senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development headed by Minister Patrick Chinamasa under embezzlement and corruption charges.

According to the Public Accounts Committee report on the findings by the Auditor General on the 2014 appropriation accounts for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development that was presented in the National Assembly last Thursday, 10 officials who include the Treasury’s principal director were arrested after they allegedly connived to defraud the government of substantive amounts of money and seven of them were fired in February this year.

The total amount of money that the Government lost was not stated in the report.

“Some Ministry officials were alleged to have connived with suppliers and third parties and defrauded the Government of substantial amounts of money. The Permanent Secretary informed the Committee that among the officials at the centre of defrauding Government, were a Principal Director, a Deputy Accountant General, an Acting Deputy Accountant General, two Chief Accountants and five other members of staff,” said PAC chairperson, Paurina Mpariwa, while presenting the report.

She said the suspects were taken to court but their cases were dismissed. The Government, however, sacked seven of them.

“The committee was also informed by the secretary that seven of the officials were dismissed on February 1, 2016 in terms of administration procedures after the courts had found them not guilty,” she said.

“One case was still being finalised and two cases were being handled by the Public Service Commission. As a control measure, the accounting staff have been directed to take leave days regularly in order to minimise collusion.”

The PAC said the cases could be a tip of the iceberg and the Government might be losing money to fraudulent activities by officials.



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