Another Scandal Rocks ZINARA
23 November 2020
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By A Correspondent- Zimbabwe National Roads  Administrator ZINARA is rocked by yet another scandal The Herald reports.  The road administrator reportedly lost US$21 000 ($2 million) when a group of employees working in the cash office misrepresented money paid for fuel levies.

The matter only came to light when ZINARA finance director Mr Adam Zvandasara requested Mr Chenjerayi Chibatamoto who is a financial controller to verify purported fuel levy receipts submitted by a company called PurOil Private Limited according to the publication.

A report from ZINARA to the police about the alleged theft reads in part:

Preliminary internal investigations revealed that on October 21, 2020 Mr Marlon Chikomo the finance executive of PurOil visited Zinara head office and paid US$15 840 being fuel levy for 264 000 litres of petrol.

Mr Chikomo said he was served by a male cashier who gave him an electronic receipt number REC33816 which he was supposed to use to obtain a Direct Fuel Import Licence.

A check in the Zinara Pastel Accounting System revealed that the receipt submitted by PurOil was not recorded in the system. Instead the receipt number reflects in the system as belonging to Westemead Pvt Limited which allegedly paid US$80 for fuel levy.

However, a further search for the transactions in the accounting system revealed that both the US$15 840 and US$80 were not recorded as fuel levy collections for October 21, 2020, and could not be traced to the Zinara bank statements.

Furthermore, ZINARA also noted that:

  1. The investigations also noted that the office bank record of October 21, which was supposed to be signed by five employees in the cash office (names supplied) and attached to the daily transactional report was missing.
  2. PurOil paid US$5 280 on November 12 for the fuel levy for importation of 88 000 litres but the transaction was not recorded in the accounting system.
  3. Receipts issued to the company belonged to one Zenda valued at $20 and was for prepaid tolling cards. The transaction was also not captured in the daily cash office banking records for the day.

ZRP confirmed receiving the report from ZRP. ZINARA has headlined for different scandals over the years including one in which $39 Million was siphoned out of ZINARA through questionable deals.