The Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe (IDC) officials are being looked into by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) after reports surfaced that they tried to use fertilizer to “bribe” President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
The investigation was started when a few unhappy IDC workers gave ZACC a dossier detailing what they believed to be corrupt conduct by IDC general manager Winstone Makamure and chairwoman Tome, including disobeying tendering rules.
According to allegations, Makamure and Tome attempted to give fertilizers to Mnangagwa and Chiwenga by purchasing them without following the proper tendering procedure.
The two IDC executives allegedly attempted to persuade the two leaders to grant them a hearing so they could refute the accusations of corruption made against them.
However, it’s said that Mnangagwa and Chiwenga turned down Makamure and Tome. In the file provided to ZACC, it states:
Tome is pushing to be appointed substantive general manager so that he can cover up his shenanigans.
He favours management instead of general staff in terms of salaries and benefits.
Resultantly, the chairman and the general manager are in connivance to ensure that their misdeeds are covered up.
They bought 30 tonnes of fertilisers from (a company named) and donated to HE (Mnangagwa) and VP (Chiwenga) to buy their audience, but both refused to entertain them and just told them to leave the fertilisers in Kwekwe.
They haven’t met them up to now. The company is struggling to pay for the fertiliser up to now.
Anyway Mutambudzi the chief director for presidential communications, on Saturday told The Standard he could not comment on a matter that was under investigation. He said:
We would not want to interfere with the investigations. ZACC can respond to that.
ZACC spokesperson Thandiwe Mlobane confirmed the developments and said the matter was being investigated under case number HCR26/01/23.
ZACC investigators reportedly entered IDC offices on 24 January and served the institution with a warrant of search and seizure.
Makamure and Tome are also accused of abusing power and nepotism.
Contacted for comment by The Standard, Tome said he was in a meeting. He had not responded by the time of going to print.
Makamure also did not respond to questions sent to him by the publication.
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