A SENIOR policeman based at Marlborough Police Station has been fingered as the brains behind the processing of counterfeit Admission of Guilt deposit fine books (ZJ69) that are being used by “unscrupulous” cops manning roadblocks. This has raised fears that unsuspecting motorists are being issued with fake receipts, with the police officers pocketing the money.
Government has directed that the roadblocks be reduced to four per province and the officers deployed elsewhere. The case came to light after two police constables were arrested in Marlborough recently manning a roadblock with a fake ZJ69 book and implicated Inspector Victor Jaja.
Insp Jaja is responsible for administration at the police station. The two constables were arrested by two senior police officers based at Marlborough Police Station on March 3 following a tip-off and they reportedly told the officers that they had been given the fake receipt book by Insp Jaja.
It is reported that the two constables, whose case is still pending before the courts, however, later changed their statements and alleged that they were given the receipt book by the officer-in-charge.
Although chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment yesterday, sources close to the matter confirmed that Insp Jaja was under investigation.
THERE was drama and chaos at Bellevue along Masiyephambili Road in Bulawayo yesterday when some Nkulumane Police Station officers allegedly impounded a kombi over an outstanding $3 bribe, before ramming into a signpost.
The driver of the kombi, Tavonga Moyo, said he arrived at a roadblock at Bellevue along Masiyephambili Road and was signalled to stop his Toyota vehicle, registration number ACQ 4455.
“I was still talking to the other female officer when suddenly three police officers jumped into my kombi to impound it, accusing me of failing to pay a $3 bribe which I did not pay on Wednesday,” he alleged.
“A police sergeant nicknamed Mlomobomvu, from Nkulumane, drove the kombi intending to take it to the police station, while I sat on the passenger seat.’’
He said the officer was speeding and lost control of the vehicle before ramming into a signpost. Moyo said the other officers called their colleagues from Nkulumane Police Station to attend the scene.
But other kombi drivers who came to the scene resisted and called police officers from Drill Hall traffic section to attend to the scene to record statements.
Former Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner-General Mr Gershem Pasi who recently resigned after being suspended over 45 charges of misconduct will not walk free as the authority will press criminal charges against him.
Zimra board chair Mrs Willia Bonyongwe told The Sunday Mail that serious allegations of corruption will be pursued despite Mr Pasi’s resignation.
The former Zimra Comm-Gen tendered his resignation on May 22, 2017, citing irretrievably broken down relations with Zimra.
A forensic audit by HLB Chartered Accountants linked Mr Pasi to corruption bordering on fraud, tax evasion, poor corporate governance, which prejudiced Zimra of over US$20 million.
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has appointed a caretaker commission for Chitungwiza Town Council led by retired civil servant Mr Madzudzo Pawadyira tasked with reversing illegal land acquisitions.
This follows the minister’s decision earlier in the week to suspend Mayor Phillip Mutoti and all 24 councillors for allegedly corruptly allocating themselves tracts of land worth over $7 million.
An internal audit showed that councillors and officials allocated themselves commercial and institutional stands for a song.
Principal director (Urban Local Authorities), Ms Erica Jones said the other two members of the commission were Chitungwiza district administrator Ms Zvivanai Chisango and retired councillor Joshua Mabhiza.
The commission will carry out all functions of council except levying, rates and taxes.
“Their special focus areas will be to reverse all illegal land acquisitions as outlined in two audit reports, institute correctional measures to prevent similar occurrences and oversee the putting in place of proper procedures for estate management,” said Ms Jones.
CONVICTED fraudster and Bulawayo Ward 23 Councillor Thobani Ncube has been fired from his council position and a by-election to replace him will soon be held, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has said.
Ncube was last Thursday convicted of defrauding a resident of $12 000 in a housing scam and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.
He will, however, perform 360 hour of community service after a magistrate conditionally suspended the sentence.
Health services provider Corporate 24 allegedly duplicated claims, inflated service tariffs and falsified members’ signatures, prejudicing medical insurance giant Cimas of US$41 250, it has emerged.
The allegations are contained in a forensic audit report signed off by audit firm Grant Thornton South Africa’s director and head (forensics), Vernon Naidoo, on September 30, 2016.
The auditors recommended Cimas report the suspected fraud to the ZRP Serious Frauds Squad for further investigation and possible prosecution.
THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is now indebted to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) to the tune of $5 million after corrupt staff members converted pool cars to their personal use.
This was revealed in the 2016 Zacc annual report that was tabled in the National Assembly this week by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his capacity as Justice minister.
Although Zacc is supposed to uproot corruption, the constitutional body admitted in its report that its officers had engaged in corruption, bringing the anti-graft body into ridicule.
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