Zinara reverts to core business

Zinara reverts to core business 1

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) has reverted to its core business of collecting toll and vehicle licence fees following numerous scandals involving procurement of goods and services, a function it was carrying out outside of its mandate, an official said on Monday. Auditor-General Midred Chiri (AFP Photo) Zinara has been dogged by several scandals over the years, with one involving the purchase of 80 graders by previous management on behalf of local authorities. Questions were later raised by recipient local authorities on the suitability of the graders, which were…

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Zinara boss rejects exit package, clings on

Zinara boss rejects exit package, clings on 2

By Zvamaida Murwira Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) is losing thousands of dollars every month as it continues to pay a full salary and benefits to suspended chief executive officer Mrs Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa after she reportedly turned down a severance package offered to her. Nancy Masiyiwa Chamisa Mrs Masiyiwa-Chamisa has been on suspension for over a year. This emerged yesterday when Zinara board chairperson Engineer Michael Madanha appeared before a Public Accounts Committee to respond to issues raised by a forensic audit that unearthed massive financial impropriety. Related Articles It…

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Zinara finance director arrested

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Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) finance director Simon Taranhike has been arrested on allegations of criminal abuse of office and attempts to conceal corruption. Sources close to the investigations said Taranhike released 1 800 litres of fuel to some members of the local media and abused the parastatal’s petty cash. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest and said the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) was handling the matter. “We can confirm that Simon Taranhike was arrested yesterday (Monday), but he is currently with ZACC officers for further…

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US$5m kickback for SA company in Zinara murky loan deal

US$5m kickback for SA company in Zinara murky loan deal 4

By Brian Chitemba The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) could have lost US$5,2 million in a murky deal which was supposed to see a ‘controversial third party’ earn a US$5 million kickback as a condition for a US$150 million loan from a local bank, fresh details show. Zinara House This startling revelation is contained in a hard-hitting letter dated 20 June 2019, written by suspended Zinara chief executive officer, Engineer Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa to the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet chair, Mr Tabani Mpofu. Mr…

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Ex-Zinara board chair pleads not guilty

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By Prosper Dembedza The trial of former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) board chairman Albert Mugabe, who is facing charges of authorising and tendering false letters of undertaking to set off a mortgage loan facility to CBZ bank without the board’s approval, kicked off yesterday. Albert Mugabe Mugabe pleaded not guilty to the charges. Proceedings began with Mugabe’s lawyer Mr Admire Rubaya reading his client’s defence outline to Harare magistrate Mr Lazini Ncube. Mr Rubaya told the court that his client never abused his duty as a public officer in…

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No bail for Zinara trio in licensing scam

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By Runesu Gwidi Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) provincial licensing head here Luke Manyamazi (36) has been arraigned before the newly-opened Masvingo Anti-corruption Court charged with fraud. Manyamazi and his co-accused vehicle licensing agents, Jephias Magarasadza (29) and Enock Mapondo (24), were denied bail when they recently appeared before Masvingo provincial magistrate Mr Langhton Ndokera facing 127 counts of fraud involving $196 000. The trio was remanded in custody pending trial today. Allegations are that, Manyamazi whose duties among others included creating and topping up ZINARA’s bulk licensing accounts, worked…

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Ex-Zinara board chair’s trial fails to start

Ex-Zinara board chair’s trial fails to start 7

The matter in which the former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) board chairman Albert Mugabe is facing charges of authorising and tendering false letters of undertaking to set off a mortgage loan facility without his board’s approval, yesterday failed to start after it emerged that the person who was representing the parastatal in court has since left the organisation. Albert Mugabe Mugabe is being charged with criminal abuse of office. The State led by Nyikadzino Machingura applied for the postponement of the matter to another date, saying he wanted time…

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Ex-Zinara boss’ US$20m assets frozen

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By Daniel Nemukuyu Former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) chief executive officer Frank Chitukutuku, who is under investigation for fraud, has been given a 30-day ultimatum to give an account of how he acquired an array of immovable and movable assets worth over US$20 million. Zinara former chief executive, Mr Frank Chitukutuku unilaterally increased his salary from July to December 2013 High Court judge Justice Erica Ndewere ordered a freeze of the assets pending finalisation of the criminal case. Chitukutuku now has to give a detailed statement to the head…

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Zinara killer driver fined $600

Zinara killer driver fined $600 9

On May 14, 2019 26,625 2 By Yeukai Karengezeka A driver employed by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) stationed at Dema tollgate in Seke was recently fined $600 for killing a pedestrian crossing the road. The controversial Dema tollgate (Picture by Kubatana) Mathias Sibanda was convicted on his own plea of guilty when he appeared before Chitungwiza resident magistrate Mr Nyasha Vitorini charged with culpable homicide. Sibanda risks spending three months in jail. Related Articles Six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour in the next three years.…

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Toll fees remain unchanged: Zinara

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On Feb 18, 2019 0 0 By Innocent Ruwende in Bulawayo The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) will not increase toll fees, but will implement measures to minimise revenue leakages to channel more funds towards road projects. Zinara board chairman Engineer Michael Madanha Zinara board chairman Engineer Michael Madanha said that a sound road network was key to achieving the ease of doing business. “We are not going to hike toll fees or other related fees in the near future,” he said. Related Articles “We are going to maintain the…

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