Zim’s First Black Auditor General Who Exposed Mugabe’s Wanton Spending Dies
25 July 2020
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Mr Abdulman Eric Harid

Zimbabwe’s first black Comptroller and Auditor-General, Mr Abdulman Eric Harid a former Commissioner of Taxes, has died.

Mr Harid died at West End Hospital in Harare on Monday this week. He was 82.

The family said he had been unwell for some time and that when he was hospitalised, it was discovered that he had cancer.

He was buried on Wednesday afternoon at Pioneer Cemetery, in Harare, next to his parents and his brother, Mr Abraham Harid, who was one of the country’s first black surgeons.

In 1987, Mr Abdulman Eric Harid was appointed the first black Comptroller and Auditor-General. He remained in office until 2004, when the first female black Comptroller and Auditor-General, Mrs Mildred Chiri, was appointed.

Abdulman Eric Harid is popular for his report on the 1999 goverment audit where he exposed how then President Robert Mugabe’s office was wantonly abusing state funds without control.

In his report, dated 22 September 2002 and submitted to Parliament Eric Harid, said his inquiry into the general state of Zimbabwe’s financial transactions had revealed the government’s flagrant disrespect for Parliament and standing Treasury rules for expenditure of public funds especially in the presidency.

Owing to growing concern over corruption, the country’s Anti-Corruption Act came into operation in 2005 and Mr Harid’s next public appointment was as the first chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

He was succeeded at the Commission by a team led Dr Job Whabira.

Mr Harid’s next public appointment was in 2014, when Dr Obert Mpofu, then Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, appointed him Chairman of the Board of Air Zimbabwe. After Air Zimbabwe, Mr Harid concentrated on farming in Bindura.

He is survived by four sons and three daughters.

A family spokesperson described him as “a practical hard-working man”.