corporate affairs David Makwara, yesterday appeared in Court on allegations of
defrauding the authority of US$182 661,77 by using a contractor to siphon the
cash out of NSSA without doing any of the paid-for home renovations.
was facing fraud charges when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Stanford
Mambanje and was remanded out of custody to September 15 on free bail.
The court heard
that in August last year Makwara misrepresented that Zivo Project Management
(Pvt) Ltd was to carry out renovation works worth the US$182 661,77 at his home
at 5 Ruwanga Road in Mandara.
approached Nigel Mahachi, the project manager at Zivo Project Management to
give him a quotation for the proposed renovation work and Mahachi in turn submitted
a bill of quantity to Makwara plus the invoice for US$182 661.77.
investigations established that soon afterwards, Makwara submitted the invoice
to NSSA for payment and NSSA then transferred the full US$182 661,77 to Zivo
Project Management’s BancABC account.
Makwara corruptly directed Nigel Mahachi to refund him the money in cash less
bank charges and any other associated costs.
against NSSA policy and practice which does not allow a person to be paid the
money for home mprovement directly, unless prior approval have been granted,
which was not the position with Makwara.
To raise the
actual US dollar banknotes in cash, Zivo Project Management transferred US$171
600 to an Ecobank Account and then Makwara was given hard cash totalling US$165
Early in June
this year, Makwara phoned Mahachi inviting him to his house to see some
renovations work done and sent him some hand written notes with fifteen items
to be included on the bill of quantity in case Zivo Project Management might be
approached by the authorities.
persons acted unlawfully by misrepresenting to NSSA and fraudulently submitted
an invoice of US$182 661.77 purporting that Zivo Project Management (Pvt) Ltd
wanted to carry out some renovations works at Stand 1144 Mandara Township yet
in actual fact he wanted to use Zivo Project Management as a vehicle to siphon
money from NSSA. Herald