National museums bosses in fuel scam

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe executive director Godfrey Mahachi and his deputy Darlington Munyikwa yesterday appeared before a Harare magistrate facing criminal abuse of office charges after they allegedly allocated themselves 560 litres of fuel every month without government approval.

Mahachi (59) and Manyikwa (52) appeared before magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro who remanded them to March 28 on $100 bail each.

The complainant is National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe represented by finance manager, Lydia Mwarevangepo.

Allegations are that in June 2013, the institution received a circular from Home Affairs ministry secretary, which highlighted fuel allocations for business and personal use.

The minister was allocated 800 litres, permanent secretary 600 litres and directors 400 litres of fuel per month. The circular allegedly applied to all departments in the Ministry of Home Affairs except the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

But Mahachi and Munyikwa reportedly allocated themselves 560 and 500 litres of fuel, respectively. They also get allocations for specific trips, while pool vehicles had also a weekly allocation of 20 litres.

The State alleges that Mahachi and Munyikwa connived to unlawfully allocate themselves an extra 40 litres of fuel every week, which they termed “executive errands fuel” for family use without approval of the board or ministry.

The museums department says it was prejudice of 18 430 litres valued at $24 751, 57.

Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.

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