Under Fire IDC Chairperson In Abuse Of Office Storm
27 January 2023
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By A Correspondent| President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sucked into the Industrial Development Corporation saga after receiving 30 tonnes of fertilizer taken by the parastatal’s top management from Zimphos.

The under-fire IDC chairperson Winston Makamure and acting general manager Kudzai Marime reportedly donated the fertilizer to Mnangagwa to buy his audience after they got wind that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission was investigating them.

Winstone Makamure

“They were told to leave the fertilizer at his Kwekwe Farm. They wanted an audience with him and the Vice President Chiwenga. Up to now they have failed to see his excellency. The company is struggling to pay the fertilizer up to now,” reads the dossier.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating high level corruption and nepotism at Industrial Development Corporation after a whistleblower sent a damning dossier to the anti graft body.

The leaked dossier accuses IDC chairperson Winston Makamure and acting general manager Edward Tome of gross mismanagement, nepotism and employing their mistresses among other things.

“We have received the complaints and investigations are under way. I can not comment much on the issue because it will jeopardize investigations,” a ZACC official said.

According to the dossier, Makamure who is related to minister of trade and commerce Sekai Nzenza recruited his mistress Kudzai Marime to be the project manager.

“They used to work together at NetOne. Marime used to work in the core centre at NetOne but was appointed projects manager without the relevant qualifications. They even travelled together to Nyanga for a strategic meeting,” reads the dossier.

Makamure is alleged to have also authorized the recruitment of one Varaidzo Charangira who is related to Tome.

The chairperson is also said to have authorized the hiring of Gillian Mucheche who has a child together with Tome. Gillian joined the business unit of the parastatal.

Makamure also allegedly bought two high-end cars for Tome without cabinet approval.

“Makamure authorized and facilitated the purchase of two vehicles, a Ford Raptor and a Toyota Fortuna Prado. Ford Raptor is always with Tome’s at the farm while the Prado is parked at Willovale Mazda Motor Industries,” reads the dossier.

“He is pushing to be an executive chairman through minister Nzenza so that he can sweep his shenanigans under the carpet. He is also pushing for the recruitment of a finance director and has already interviewed a lady he was working with at NetOne. They want to frustrate the finance manager who has been blocking unnecessary expenditure.”

Efforts to get a comment from Tome were fruitless as his phone was not getting through.